If you smoke you need to be aware of the fire risks and take steps to avoid them.
Smoking-related fires often happen at night after people have gone to bed, especially as people are more relaxed in the evening, may have had a few drinks or be tired. It’s important to remember that one final check could save the lives of you and your family.
Use your common sense - know the risks and make sure when you put it out - it really is out!
- A cigarette burns at 700 degrees Celsius.
- Tobacco keeps burning - it can quietly smoulder out of sight, starting a slow and deadly fire.
- Every month someone in Wales dies and up to ten people are injured as a result of a smoking-related fire.
- Households with a smoker are almost one and a half times more likely to suffer a fire.
- Smokers are almost one and a half times less likely to own a smoke alarm.
If you smoke you need to be aware of the fire risks and take steps to avoid them:
- Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe unattended as they can easily fall or be knocked onto carpet or papers resulting in a fire.
- Take extra care if you smoke when you’re drowsy, taking medication, or if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Use a proper ashtray, empty it frequently and make sure it cannot be easily knocked over.
- Keep smoking materials out of the reach of children.
- Empty cold ash into a bin outside.
- Don’t smoke in bed.
In the event of a fire - get out, stay out and phone 999.
For a free home fire safety check from your local Fire and Rescue Service please call 0800 169 1234 or visit www.fireflash.org (external link)