As a member of the fire service, you know all too well the dangers of unattended or improperly discarded smoking materials. Share these free resources to teach smokers about the importance of fire safety.
Digital media library
Here you’ll find social media content, pictographs, stock photos, videos and b-roll to increase awareness about fire safety for smokers and the people who live with them.
Electronic cigarette fires and explosions in the United States 2009 – 2016
Fires and explosions caused by e-cigarettes are not common, but their consequences can be devastating and life-altering for the victims. The main cause of the fires and explosions is failure of the lithium-ion batteries. Learn how e-cigarettes work, about recent fire and explosion incidents, and why the e-cigarette/lithium-ion battery combination presents a new and unique hazard to users.
62 percent of the electronic cigarette explosion and fire incidents reviewed in this report occurred when the device was either in a pocket or actively in use.
Status of e-cigarette when the incident occurred 195 incidents
Smoking fire safety 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.
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.
Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration
Handouts and posters
Home fire safety tips for smokers (brochure) EnglishPDF 566 KB | SpanishPDF 568 KB
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Outreach materials from other organizations
USFA recommends the following organization as a trusted and reliable source for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about smoking and fire safety in your community.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – statistics, reports, a reproducible safety tip sheet and a public service announcement about smoking fire and fire safety. The National Fire Protection Association helps to reduce fire loss through consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.