Smoking Fires Are Deadly

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

  1. If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  2. Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of  children, in a locked cabinet.
  3. Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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