Careless Smoking: The #1 Cause of Fire Deaths
Fires started with smoking materials are the leading cause of fire-related deaths in the United States and also a leading cause of fire injuries among older people. Cigarette fires occur from being carelessly discarded in the trash, smoking in bed and being dropped in upholstered furniture. Many times alcohol and medication use plays a role. Often the smoker falls asleep, the cigarette falls on a sofa or chair cushion where it can smolder for hours.
- Use only deep, wide ashtrays for cigarettes.
- Wet cigarette butts and ashes before throwing them in the trash.
- Check couches and chair cushions for smoldering cigarettes before going to bed, leaving the house or after a party.
- Never smoke when you are lying down, drowsy, or in bed.
- Keep children away from cigarettes, smoking materials, lighters and matches.
- Never smoke while handling flammable liquids such as gasoline.
Smokers Need Watchers!
Everyone, not just smokers must be aware of the dangers of careless smoking. Only then can we reduce the numbers of injuries and deaths from smoking related fires.