Smoking materials is the leading cause of fire deaths in the U.S. One in every four fire deaths was attributed to smoking. Smoking should never be allowed in a home where oxygen is in use, encourage smokers to smoke outside. Every year, almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials.
Smoking safety tips:
- If you smoke, smoke outside.
- Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
- Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
- Check under furniture cushions and in other places people smoke for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight.
- Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
- To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you have to be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
- Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.
- NEVER SMOKE IN BED. This is one of the main causes of deaths by fires in the home. If smoking relaxes you, it is more likely that you will fall asleep while doing so. If you must smoke, get up and go to another room so that you will be wide awake and will discard smoking materials safely