United States Fire Administration Smoking & Home Fires Campaign
Smoking Home Fire Precautions Every year, about 1,000 people die in smoking-related home fires. Many fires start when cigarettes are left in ashtrays, hot ashes are dumped into the trash, or someone falls asleep while smoking. The tragedy is these fires were all preventable. The United States Fire Administration launched the Smoking & Home Fires Campaign to help end the number one cause of preventable home fire deaths – careless smoking. Here are some ways you can stop the fire before it starts: If you feel you must smoke, it’s better to smoke outside. Inside the home, use big ashtrays with a stable base. Really put the cigarette out, don’t just tap it into the ashtray. Douse butts and ashes with water before you toss them into the trash. It’s not a good idea to smoke if you are drowsy, and never smoke in bed. If people smoke while at your home, check for cigarette butts near the furniture and under sofa cushions before you call it a night. If you or someone in your family smokes, Put It Out. All the Way. Every Time.
For more information on smoking and home fires, visit http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/smoking or call the United States Fire Administration’s Publications Office at 800-561-3356. Photo and Caption
Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. “Put It Out. All the Way. Every Time.”