Smokers are being warned that they must wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking - especially when tired.
Smoking is the single biggest killer in accidental fires in the home, often because of careless behaviour such as smoking in bed or not taking care after drinking alcohol.
And when smokers fall asleep with a lit cigarette in hand, their proximity to the resulting fire seriously lowers their chance of escaping in time.
We are reminding smokers to;
Without a working smoke alarm you are four times more likely to die in an accidental fire in the home.
"Every five days, someone dies from a fire caused by cigarettes or smoking materials. Despite a fall in the overall number of fires caused by these products, it's still the biggest killer in accidental fires in the home across the country.
"Every smoker should wake up to the risks they take every time they light up, and drop the habit of smoking whilst in bed or under the influence of alcohol. The risk of falling asleep before you 'put it out, right out' is just too great.
"Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious, so invest in a working smoke alarm. It can give you the extra time you need to escape if the worst should happen."
To arrange a home safety visit you can call us free on 0800 177 7069. The safety visits enable us to identify any existing risks and what can be done to reduce them.
Community Safety Advisors will check if there are working smoke alarms in the home to provide the earliest possible warning of fire.
Vulnerable members of the community may even qualify for free smoke alarms, which we supplied and fit.