Fire Prevention Week 2011 – Smoking

Day 4 of Fire Prevention Week. Today we”re going to focus on smoking risks.

Do you know smoking products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the number one cause of fire deaths in the US? The best way to eliminate the risk is quit the nasty smoking habit. If you insist with this disgusting habit, take note of the following tips.

  • If possible smoke outdoors with readily available ashtrays. Make sure outdoor smoking areas are free of combustible storage and materials.
  • If smoking indoors always make sure cigarette butts are completely out, dousing with sand or water before discarding into the trash. Avoid smoking while in bed. Check to make sure cigarette butts have not fallen into and under furniture or any other areas where you have been smoking.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of sight and away from children. Make them aware of the dangers and risks. Don”t give them a chance to experiment and play with fire.
  • Make sure to be alert when smoking. If you”re feeling tired, sleepy, on medication, intoxicated, or in an impaired state, hold off smoking until you are fully alert.
  • Consider smoke free electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking. Smoke free electronic cigarettes don”t generate a flame and minimize the fire hazard.
  • Keep the home clean and minimize excessive storage in areas where you are smoking. Make sure ashtrays are set on a solid surface and is clear of combustible materials.
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