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Smoking, Lighters, & Matches

Smoking materials are the #1 cause of fire deaths. Follow these simple smoking safety tips to prevent a smoking-related fire in your home.

  • Never smoke in bed, when drinking or taking medication that can cause drowsiness.
  • Always use large, deep ashtrays on a sturdy table.
  • Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
  • Check under furniture cushions and in other places people smoke for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach. • When possible, smoke outdoors.
  • Be alert! To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be. You won't be alert if you're sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Install a photoelectric smoke alarm above your favourite place to smoke. If you have a fire you will get the early warning you need to escape.
  • The best way to prevent smoking fires is to quit. For help with that: Thinking About Quitting 
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any special hazard considerations for seniors?

The greatest fire risk seniors face is their clothing catching on fire. It could be from an ash or ember of a cigarette, occur while cooking or getting too close to a space heater.

If your clothing does catch on fire, remember to Stop (immediately stop what you are doing), Drop (lower yourself to the ground) and Roll (over and over until the fire is out).

My partner refuses to stop smoking in bed. What can I do?

Install a photoelectric smoke alarm above the bed. It wont stop a fire from happening, but it will give you early warning that a fire has started.

My child is fascinated with the BBQ lighter, should I be concerned?

Yes! The most common age for children playing with matches and lighters is 3 years old. Keep all lighters locked up out of the reach of children. Please learn about TAPP-C, Arson Prevention Program for Children.

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