Fire Chiefs from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are warning citizens of Tyne and Wear of the dangers of smoking-related fires as the nation gears for the smoking ban in public places from 1 July 2007.
The warning coincides with the launch of a hard-hitting TV advertising campaign, commissioned by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Last year alone, in the Tyne and Wear region, there were 65 accidental house fires caused by smoking materials, which killed 2 people and injured 23.
- Smoking households are nearly 35% more likely to have a fire than non-smoking homes.
- More people die in smoking-related fires than any other and a smouldering cigarette is the biggest cause of fatal fires, causing one third of all deaths from fires in the home
- Put it out, right out - make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.
- Take extra care when you're tired, taking drugs or have been drinking alcohol. It's very easy to fall asleep without realising that your cigarette is still burning.
Never smoke in bed. You could doze off and set your bed on fire.
- Never leave lit cigarettes cigars or pipes unattended. They can easily overbalance as they burn down, overbalance and start a fire.
- Where possible buy child-resistant lighters and matchboxes. Do not leave these items lying around. Every year, children die by starting fires with matches and lighters.
- Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can't tip over easily and is made of a material that won't burn.
- Tap your ash into an ashtray - never a wastebasket. Don't let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray.
Request a Home Safety Check
To request a Home Safety Check in your household, complete the Home Safety Check Request Form, alternatively you can contact - 0800 0327777.
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