Fires caused by smoking

If you or somebody in your home smokes, you need to take extra care to ensure you stay safe. 

  • Never smoke in bed or in a chair where you might fall asleep – if you fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning you could cause a major fire 
  • Use a proper heavy ashtray that cannot be tipped over easily 
  • Don’t empty your ashtray straight into a bin as the embers and ash could still be hot and cause a fire 
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children 
  • Smoke outdoors – this is safer than smoking indoors 
  • Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down. 
  • Never discard cigarettes or smoking materials on or over balconies 
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out, right out 
  • Counterfeit and illegal cigarettes can increase fire risk. If you are not ready to quit, only buy legal cigarettes 
  • DON’T leave e-cigarettes charging overnight 
  • ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s guidelines