Smoking Fire Safety

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If you smoke or live with someone who smokes, learn the facts. A lit cigarette left alone in a room, or accidentally dropped onto a chair or bed, or hot cigarette ashes or matches tossed away before they are completely out - all can cause a large fire in seconds.
Putting out a cigarette the right way only takes seconds, too. It is up to you to make sure your cigarette is put out, all the way, every time.

Take a moment to learn about smoking and home fire action steps. Learn how you can protect your home from smoking-related fires.

Smoking and Home Fire Action Steps

If You Smoke, Smoke Outside. Most home fires caused by smoking materials start inside the home. It's better to smoke outside. If you smoke outside, put your cigarettes out in a can filled with sand.
Wherever You Smoke, Use Deep, Sturdy Ashtrays. Use ashtrays with a wide, stable base that are hard to tip over. If it wobbles, it won't work.
Make Sure Cigarettes and Ashes Are Out. The cigarette really needs to be completely stubbed out in an ashtray. Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
Check for Butts. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don't put ashtrays on them. If people have been smoking in the home, check for cigarettes under cushions.
Never Smoke in a Home Where Oxygen Is Used. Never smoke while using oxygen or are anywhere near an oxygen source, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
If You Smoke, Fire-Safe Cigarettes Are Better. Fire-safe cigarettes are less likely to cause fires. These cigarettes have banded paper that can slow the burn of a cigarette that isn't being used.
Be Alert. To prevent a deadly fire, you have to be alert. If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first. Smoking in bed is just plain wrong!