13 March is National No Smoking Day and as a fire service we urge you to consider giving up smoking not only to help improve your health but also to reduce the risk of fires in the home. In 2018 there were 58 accidental dwelling fires in Lancashire homes, with an ignition source of either cigarette lighters (7) or smoking materials (51).
24% of the fires occurred within the Blackburn with Darwen district, followed by Preston with 17%.
Tabacco has been designed to stay lit and can smoulder for hours, long after you think you’ve extinguished it and cigarettes can burn at a temperature of up to 800 degrees. Careless disposal of cigarettes accounted for the largest proportion of ignition at 57% followed by careless disposal for example by sleeping and unconsciousness (perhaps from drug or alcohol consumption) at 24%.
If you don’t need to smoke, please don’t or try to think about giving up. If you aren’t ready to give up please take precautions to prevent fires from happening:
- Ensure cigarettes are properly extinguished, especially before going to bed. Put it out, right out.
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms and they are tested regularly
- Never smoke in bed
- Use an ashtray rather than a waste paper basket for your discarded cigarettes
- Consider fitting extra smoke alarms in places you frequently smoke
- Consider booking a free home fire safety check with us to get advice for your home
For more information on quitting smoking please follow some guidance from the NHS.