East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take three steps to a safer Stoptober.
Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge – research has shown that if you quit for 28 days, you're 5 times more likely to quit for good.
Stopping smoking won’t just benefit your own health, that of those around you and your finances, but can help keep homes safe.
In 2019/20, 69 fires were recorded as smoking related, 24 due to a cigarette lighter, and 45 due to “smoking materials”.
Sophie Hepworth from East Sussex Fire and Rescue’s Community Safety team said:
“We know smoking is a tough habit to break but studies have shown that you are 3 times more likely to succeed if you sign up to one of the FREE stop smoking services. When you decide to quit smoking, within 24 hours your lungs will work more efficiently, and after a year, your risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by a half.”
“Although it might not be the right time for all smokers to give up, we want people to be aware of the increased fire risks to themselves and their families, so urge all smokers to sign up to a free home safety check by ringing 0800 177 7069 .’’
Three steps to a safer Stoptober
1)Sign up to Stoptober https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/
2)Book a home safety check with us to get advice and free smoke alarms
3)If you do smoke, reduce the chances of a fire by putting it out, right out.
Home safety check
We offer free smoke alarms and Home Safety checks to households across East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove.
For further information, please contact the Community Safety Team free of charge on 0800 1777069.
You can also find out more safety advice at www.esfrs.org