Collaboration to share advice on No Smoking Day

Wednesday 13 March marks No Smoking Day, and local agencies from across South Gloucestershire have come together to share vital advice to promote a safer and healthier lifestyle.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) have teamed up with South Gloucestershire Council departments to promote the health benefits of giving up smoking, as well as the reduction in fire risk.

Nikki Rice, Prevention 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 and vapes 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.”

“From a health perspective, smoking is still the single largest preventable cause of death in England – estimated to account for 64,000 deaths each year. This is in addition to the fire risks that it can also bring. 

“It’s never too late to quit and No Smoking Day represents a great opportunity for those who smoke to try to kick the habit, with support along the way.”

Councillor Alison Evans, cabinet member responsible for public health at South Gloucestershire Council

For local support to quit smoking, visit: Quit Smoking | One You South Gloucestershire (

How you can reduce your risk of fire:

  • 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
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