Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. We feel safest at home, but home is where most smoking-related fires, deaths and injuries occur. A dropped cigarette can smolder for hours before bursting into flames.
Prevent fires caused by careless smoking
- If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes, and always smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, dens or bedrooms.
- Never throw cigarette butts from a balcony. Fires on balconies are much more dangerous than those inside the building.
- Never smoke in bed or when drowsy, intoxicated or medicated.
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
- Ensure lighters have child-resistant safety features.
- Teach young children that lighters and matches are not toys, and not to touch them.
- Never allow anyone to smoke if there is medical oxygen being used.
Put it out
- Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
- Don't let ashtrays become so full that hot ashes might spill over the side.
- Soak butts and ashes with water before throwing them in the garbage.
- Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
- Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used, the battery was being charged or the device was being transported.
- Battery failures have led to small explosions.
- Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended.