Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging smokers to do something for themselves and their loved ones on March 9th for official No Smoking Day – ‘Put it Out, Put it Right out.’
"People have to understand the danger they are putting themselves and loved ones in. If you don’t behave responsibly with cigarettes and how you use and dispose of smoking materials then you are tempting fate."
Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss
Since 2008 the Service has attended 119 smoking-related fires, 41 people have been injured in those fires and six people required rescuing. Five have resulted in death, the most recent fatality being in December 2010 in Burton.
This year, supported by the national charity No Smoking Day, the Service is urging smokers to modify their behaviour, or if they are able to, mark the event on March 9th by kicking their habit altogether.
Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss, said: "People know the health risks of smoking but they shouldn’t underestimate the threats associated with smoking in the home if cigarettes aren’t extinguished properly. While property can be replaced a life cannot.
"People have to understand the danger they are putting themselves and loved ones in. If you don’t behave responsibly with cigarettes and how you use and dispose of smoking materials then you are tempting fate. The best way to be sure of reducing your risk is to give up smoking."
"We appreciate though that for some smokers, kicking the habit can be extremely tough so our advice is to always be cautious when smoking at home and to put it out, right out, after finishing a cigarette."
For smokers not ready to kick the habit this No Smoking Day, it is important to follow these simple precautions to prevent a fire at home: