Reduce your smoking fire risk

Have you ever considered the fire risk associated with smoking? Here's what you need to know to stay safe.

If you are a smoker, or know someone who is, you will have heard many reasons why you should consider quitting. But have you ever considered the fire risk associated with smoking? And what are you doing to reduce that risk?

Without a doubt, quitting is the best way to remove the fire risk. There is plenty of help available to you should you want to make an attempt at putting down your cigarettes and lighters for good. The NHS has many stop smoking services, which are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances. More information can be found here.

If you are not interested in giving up, or while you are giving up, you should bear in mind the fire risk associated with smoking and take note of the simple steps you can take to reduce the chances of your smoking materials leading to a fire – fires caused by smoking products kills more people than fires caused by any other item.

Not smoking while tired, using a proper and secure ashtray and stubbing them out properly can greatly reduce the risk of an accidental fire breaking out.

These simple steps can help prevent a cigarette fire in the home:

  • Never smoke in bed. Take care when you’re tired – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight
  • Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape.
  • Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it at least monthly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
  • Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn.
  • Make an attempt to quit using NHS support if you need it. If you do not want to quit, consider vaping.
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