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National No Smoking Day

Date : 10 March 2021


There are many health and economic reasons, which cause people to consider giving up smoking, but not everyone thinks about fire hazards. 

Cigarettes and other smoking products cause a third of all accidental fire fatalities in the home. Many of these fires can be easily prevented by simply taking more care.

Simple Steps

These simple steps can help prevent a cigarette fire in the home:

  • Never smoke in bed. Take care when you're tired - it's very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
  • Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape.
  • Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. If you haven’t got a smoke alarm; contact the Fire Service.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes unattended - they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
  • Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can't tip over easily and is made of a material that won't burn.
  • Consider buying child resistant lighters and matchboxes.  

Some skin creams, when dried onto fabric, can create a highly flammable combination that can be ignited by matches and other naked flames. Sadly since 2010, more than 50 deaths and serious fire-related injuries have been linked to the use of emollient skin creams. Also, avoid smoking if you use flammable healthcare equipment such as medical oxygen or an airflow pressure relief mattress.

Helping you to keep your home safe

If you are worried about fire risks in your home, call us on 0800 177 7069 for FREE advice and FREE smoke alarm(s). If needed we can arrange a Covid secure home safety visit.

Consider quitting smoking?

If you or any of your friends, family or colleagues are interested in quitting smoking; you are five times more likely to succeed with the help of a trained smoking advisor.

To find out more you can visit:  https://oneyoueastsussex.org.uk/ or ring 01323 404600.

If you live in the Brighton or Hove area email smokefree@brighton-hove.gov.uk or ring 01273 294589.

If you are not sure about quitting, research has shown that stopping smoking gives you more energy. Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your blood circulation improves. You'll also give a boost to your immune system, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body can also reduce tiredness and the likelihood of headaches. 

Let this be the year to give it a go!


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