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Social media toolkit Smoking fire safety

How to use this toolkit

The toolkit contains content that you can share on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels to increase awareness about smoking fire safety. You can copy this content or customize it to reach your audience.

Messages to share

It is important for smokers to know the steps they can take to keep themselves and their families safe from fire. Put these fire safety messages into your own words when talking to people about smoking and fire safety on social media.

Smoking is a leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • Smoke outside. Many things in your home can catch on fire if they touch something hot like a cigarette or ashes. It is always safer to smoke outside.
  • Put cigarettes out all the way. Do this every time. Don’t walk away from lit cigarettes and other smoking materials. Put water on the ashes and butts to make sure they are really out before you put them in the trash.
  • Be alert. Do not smoke after taking medicine that makes you tired. You may not be able to prevent or escape from a fire if you are sleepy or have taken medicine that makes you tired.
  • Never smoke around medical oxygen. Medical oxygen can explode if a flame or spark is near. Even if the oxygen is turned off, it can still catch on fire.
  • Never smoke in bed. Mattresses and bedding can catch on fire easily. Do not smoke in bed because you might fall asleep with a lit cigarette.
  • Put your cigarette out in an ashtray or bucket with sand. Use ashtrays with a wide base so they won’t tip over and start a fire.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

The main cause of e-cigarette fires and explosions is failure of the lithium-ion batteries.
  • Don't charge your e-cigarette with a phone or tablet charger.
  • Don't charge your e-cigarette overnight.
  • Protect your e-cigarette from extreme temperatures.
  • Store loose batteries for your e-cigarette in a case.
  • Keep e-cigarettes away from metal objects.


Social cards

Use the cards and animations below by themselves or include supporting content with them to reinforce their messages.


Smoking and Fire Safety (30 seconds)

Public domain images

Images can visually reinforce the messages you want to reach your audience with in your social media posts. Use our public domain images to help increase awareness about smoking fire safety.

smoking fire safety outreach photo
smoking fire safety outreach photo
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More outreach materials

Visit our smoking page for links to customizable handouts that you can recommend to community organizations that want to promote fire safety.