How can I keep safe from smoking?
Here are six ways to reduce the risk of fire from smoking:
- Only smoke outside. If you insist on smoking inside, take extra care and never smoke in bed as you could fall asleep and set fire to the bed.
- Properly extinguish cigarettes, cigars and pipes when you’ve finished smoking.
- Don’t leave lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes unattended. They can easily over-balance as they burn down and set things alight.
- Use an ashtray that won’t tip over easily and isn’t made of material that can burn.
- Empty ashtrays often, and wet the contents before putting them in a bin outside your home. Never tip the ash into a bin inside your house.
- Keep lighters and matches out of children’s reach. You can buy child-resistant lighters and matchboxes.
Can e-cigarettes start a fire?
Although dropping an e-cigarette or vape won’t cause a fire, electrical elements like chargers have caused fires.
When buying e-cigarettes and vapes, make sure that you:
- check that the output voltage and ratings marked on the charger and the electrical device (battery) are the same
- look for a manufacturer’s brand name or logo, model and batch number
- check that the name and address of the producer that comes with the product is an address within the European Union
- check for a CE mark, but don’t rely on this alone to guarantee a product’s safety. A CE mark is a declaration from the manufacturer that the product is safe, but like all markings, it can be forged
- make sure that instructions on how to use the product safely, conditions and limitations of use and how to safely dispose of the product are included
- avoid buying counterfeit or substandard goods.
What to do if there’s a fire
Get out of the building, closing any doors behind you.
Stay out of the building.
Call 999 and ask for the fire service.