Did you know that smoking is the biggest cause of death from fire in the UK?
Over the last five years, we have attended many fires caused by smoking. And whether this is from cigarettes or e-cigs, and quite simply, stubbing it out could make a big difference to whether you are the next smoking-related fire our crews attend – so next time you light up, make sure your cigarette is properly out before you dispose of it.
Take smoking outside:
We know that telling you not to smoke indoors is perhaps not something that you are likely to follow, because everyone has their own habits and routine, but what we can do is tell you how to do this safely.
Ideally, if you are going to smoke, doing so outdoors is best, but make sure that if you do smoke inside your house you are not doing so in bed, as cigarettes can easily ignite bedding. While there is flame retardant bedding available, we would never advise relying on this.
Top smoking safety tips:
• Always keep matches, lighters and cigarettes out of reach of children.
• Never smoke if you have taken medication, drugs or drunk alcohol which makes you feel tired or drowsy.
• Never smoke, or let someone else do so in the same room as you if you use oxygen equipment or an airflow mattress.
E-cigarettes and vaping:
E-cigarettes might be the latest trend, but we doubt it’s trendy to find out that your habit has caused a fire in your home. The devices, which operate by being charged, must never be left unattended when on charge, otherwise you could get more than you bargained for – a fire.
In April 2018, a mother and her three children were asleep at their home on Scholars Way in Mansfield when the smoke alarms in the property sounded in the early hours of the morning.
Firefighters from Mansfield, Blidworth and Ashfield were mobilised to the scene, and Fire Control gave fire survival guidance to the family, who were in the front bedroom.
The fire had been caused by an e-cigarette lighter which was charging overnight, and thanks to the property having working smoke alarms, they were able to call 999 and nobody was injured.
The e-cigarette had ignited and highlighted the importance of taking care when using these goods.
Top e-cigarette tips:
• Never mix components of different e-cigarettes.
• Check that your device carries a CE certification, and contact Trading Standards if you have any concerns.
• Never charge a battery that has been damaged, dropped or struck.
• Don’t overcharge e-cigarettes and always remove from charge once complete.
• Do not over tighten the atomiser when connecting to the charger.
• Always use the correct charger and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.