AF&RS supports No Smoking Day

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) wants to help smokers give up the habit this No Smoking Day (13/03), with 13 per cent of all fires in the Service area smoking related.

Cigarettes and other smoking products accounted for 367 incidents in the service area between April 2016 and March 2019.

Many of these could be easily prevented by simply taking more care and AF&RS is actively supporting those trying to stop.

Nikki Rice, Vulnerable Adults Manager for AF&RS, said: “We know that smoking-related materials are the third highest cause of fires in our service area.

“A lot of these fires are easily avoidable by following simple steps that can keep you safe.

“It is easy to overlook how a cigarette which has not been put out properly can slowly and quietly smoulder before developing into a fire.”

Nationally, statistics show that fires caused by smoking materials account for seven per cent of accidental fires, but those fires led to 20 per cent of fire-related fatalities.

If you are not sure about quitting, research has shown that stopping smoking gives you more energy.

  • Within two to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your blood circulation improves.
  • Immune system will be boosted, making it easier to fight off colds and flu.
  • An increase in oxygen in the body can also reduce tiredness and the likelihood of headaches.

There are many other reasons to think about stopping smoking, so give it a try on March 13th.

Helpful tips on staying safe:

  • Never smoke in bed
  • Use a proper ashtray – never a wastepaper basket
  • Make sure your ashtray can’t tip over and is made of a material that won’t burn
  • Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They can easily fall over and start a fire
  • Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs, or if you’ve been drinking. You might fall asleep and set your bed or sofa on fire
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. Consider buying child-resistant lighters and matchboxes