Smoking is the No. 1 cause of home fire deaths in the USA killing approximately 1,000 people each year including children. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) is working to prevent smoking related home fires through a national campaign to remind smokers to “Put it Out. All the Way. Every Time”. Home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials are preventable and here is what we can do in our community:
- If you smoke, smoke outside. Most fires are started by smoking materials inside the home.
- Use deep, sturdy ashtrays with a wide base that are hard to tip over.
- Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out by soaking them in water and never throw cigarette butts or ashes in the trash.
- Don’t put ashtrays on couches and check for cigarettes under cushions.
- Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used because oxygen makes fire burn hotter and faster.
- If you smoke, smoke fire-safe cigarettes which are less likely to cause fires.
- Be alert and if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or taking medication that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.
- Never smoke in bed.
Most importantly remember that this can happen to anyone, anywhere. Please keep your home and our community safe and if you smoke, put it out. All the way. Every time.