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Smoking Fire Safety

It cannot be overstated that smoking is undeniably one of the most significant causes of fire-related incidents across homes and businesses alike.

It cannot be overstated that smoking is undeniably one of the most significant causes of fire-related incidents across homes and businesses alike. Despite being well-informed of the perils of smoking, many smokers continue to engage in the habit indoors or recklessly discard smoking materials. Such careless actions lead to disastrous consequences that have far-reaching effects beyond property damage. Indeed, smoking-related fires are infamous for the severe injuries and, in some cases, fatalities that they cause. A proactive approach to fire safety measures when smoking can significantly lower such risks. Additionally, it is critical to prioritize educating the general public about the hazards of smoking and proper disposal methods for smoking materials. By being vigilant and taking active steps to prevent smoking-related fires, individuals can ensure the safety of themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. Hard work and dedication go a long way in preventing these preventable incidents with lasting impacts.

Smoking Fire Safety

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E-cigarettes

    • The main cause of e-cigarette fires and explosions is the failure of 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.

Information for Smokers

    • 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 nearby. 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.
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