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Smoking in the home

One in three fire deaths in the South West are caused by smokers materials. Don’t become the next victim, follow our advice to keep safe.

The best way to protect your family from the dangers of smoking inside the home is by choosing to smoke outside. Not only are you drastically reducing the risk of a fire in the home, but you are also providing a cleaner, healthier living environment for your loved ones.

If you’re trying to give up smoking, you can find lots of useful advice on how through the NHS website:

Download our leaflet (PDF) and keep it in a safe place to remind yourself of our advice.

  • Make sure cigarettes, cigars and pipes are properly extinguished when you have finished smoking.

  • Don’t leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended - they can easily over-balance as they burn down, land on a carpet or newspaper and start a fire.

  • Never smoke in bed, if you need to lie down, don’t light up!

  • Use a proper ashtray that won’t tip over easily and is made of material that won’t burn.

  • Never tap ash or empty an ashtray into a wastepaper basket.

  • Empty ashtrays frequently, wet the contents before emptying them into a metal bin outside the home.

  • Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs, or if you’ve been drinking. You might fall asleep and set your bed or sofa on fire.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reaches - consider buying child resistant lighters and match boxes.

  • Read our safety advice on using E-cigarettes.


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