Prevention of fires caused by smoking

  • Always smoke outside and use “fire-safe” cigarettes.
    - When using ashtrays, keep them on a sturdy surface such as a table. Use large, deep ashtrays.
    - Extinguish cigarette and cigar butts under water before throwing them in the trash.

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration, when a member of your community is killed in a home fire, it is important to let others know how they can prevent a similar tragedy. As you continue to report on the fire, the U.S. Fire Administration encourages you to remind your audience that many fire deaths and injuries are preventable.

    More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 20,000 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only had the information they needed to avoid a disaster. The following life-saving tips could make a big difference to your audience. By incorporating them in your story now, while the moment is still fresh, you could help save a life.

    Did you know?

    -Eighty-two percent of all fire deaths occur in the home.

    -Careless smoking is the second leading cause of fire deaths.

    -Deaths due to fires caused by careless smoking are particularly preventable.

    -Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chance of dying in a fire by nearly a half.