IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME
Every year, smokers are killed in home ﬁres caused by smoking materials like cigarettes, cigars and pipes. A lit cigarette accidentally dropped onto a chair or bed can cause a large ﬁre in seconds.
MY FAMILY COMES FIRST
Home ﬁres caused by smoking materials have killed others living in the same home who were not smoking. If you live with a smoker, learn how you can help prevent ﬁres caused by smoking materials.
IT ONLY TAKES SECONDS
Putting out a cigarette the right way only takes seconds. It is up to you to make sure your cigarette is put out, all the way, every time.
STEP 5: PREVENT SMOKING FIRES
- If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
- Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
- Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
- Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
Sources: United States Fire Administration & National Fire Protection Association