The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that "smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. As the air gets dryer, it's important to remember that it's much easier to start fires than other times of the year. If you are a smoker, smoke responsibly and follow these smoking safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association.
- If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
- If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in the living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
Put It Out
- Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
- Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
- Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing them in water or sand is the best way to do that.
For more information, visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/smoking