As part of national Non-Smoking Day, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning smokers that they are at higher risk of dying in a fire in their home.
Smoking is one of the main causes of fires in the home that is why we offer a lot of advice to smokers to help them prevent this from happening, but of course the ideal case would be to not smoke at all.
In Staffordshire and nationally smoking is the most common cause fires which lead to death in the home. Along with alcohol, mobility issues and being elderly, smoking is one of the four fatal fire factors form the Service’s SAME campaign launched back in 2017.
In Staffordshire between September 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019 there were 72 fires in homes were caused by smoking materials. This includes those caused by careless disposal, falling asleep with cigarettes still lit and not extinguishing smoking material properly or in an appropriate ashtray.
Glynn Luznyj , Director of Prevent and Protect, said: “Smoking is one of the main causes of fires in the home and out of the possible causes of ignition this one causes the most deaths, that is why we offer a lot of advice to smokers to help them prevent this from happening, but of course the ideal case would be to not smoke at all.
“Other than the obvious health implications smoking significantly increases your chances of having a fire in the home and more importantly, dying in that fire.
“If you are a smoker always ensure you dispose of the cigarette properly in an ashtray, make sure it is completely out and keep smoking materials away from children. By heeding this advice you are protecting yourself and your loved ones. As it is No Smoking Day why not take this warning as motivation to kick the habit?”
More information on smoking safety and the SAME campaign visit https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/campaigns/fire-death-factors/