Firefighters raise awareness of risks on No Smoking Day

Wednesday 9 March marks No Smoking Day, the national event urges smokers to seek help and give up smoking. Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) firefighters are sharing key safety tips and showing their support for this important initiative.

Now more than ever, it’s important to look after your mental and physical wellbeing. With external stressors at an all-time high, smoking and the use of e-cigarettes can be tempting. If you’re already a smoker, as stress levels rise, so to can your consumption of tobacco products.

On No Smoking Day, AF&RS firefighters are encouraging you to make today your first step in stopping smoking. Support for smokers can be accessed via the Stop Smoking NHS Services website by searching your postcode. Further online resources are also available here.

Aside from the health and wellbeing benefits of stopping smoking, giving up smoking is an important step in reducing the risk of fire in your home.

Nikki Rice, Risk Reduction Manager for AF&RS, said: “Smoking is the most common cause of fire fatalities and here at Avon Fire & Rescue Service, we believe that the best way to stay safe is to stub out the cigarettes for good.

“Sadly, these fires are easily avoidable, we know people smoke in their homes, in bed, on the sofa and on other furniture. Cigarettes and matches can easily fall down into the furniture and can often lead to fires which can be fatal.

“Electronic cigarettes are an increasingly popular way for people to reduce the amount of tobacco they smoke and can be a valuable transition step when giving up smoking. However, these must be used with caution, as they too carry their own safety risks.

 

“We’d encourage you to avoid smoking, but if you do, or you know someone who does, make sure they are aware of the fire risks and take precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

Here are some key No Smoking Day takeaways:

  • Smoking is the biggest cause of fire deaths in the UK.
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully.
  • Put them out, right out.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.

Specific e-Cigarette advice:

  • Don’t leave devices on charge unattended for long periods
  • Ensure that devices are purchased from reputable retailers
  • Stop using devices if there are signs of a fault or damage

For those living in the Avon Fire & Rescue Service area, you can check how safe your home and your habits are by using our simple tool. It only takes a few minutes get tailored advice for your family: https://www.safelincs.co.uk/hfsc/?ref=AVNFRS