Careless smoking is a leading cause of fire deaths in Regina. Each year, inappropriately discarded smoker’s materials cause millions of dollars in damages. These fires are caused either by a person falling asleep while smoking or cigarettes and ashes that are discarded before fully cold.
Tips to Prevent a Fire Caused by Careless Smoking
Use large, heavy ashtrays that do not tip over.
Don’t let ashtrays become so full that hot ashes might spill over the side.
When outside, use a metal can partially filled with sand to discard your cigarette in.
Douse or soak butts and ashes with water before dumping them in a wastebasket.
Never smoke in bed or when drowsy, intoxicated, or medicated. A dropped cigarette can smolder for hours before bursting into flames.
If there has been a party where people have been smoking and drinking, check your furniture for dropped cigarette butts.
Keep matches and lighters up high, away from children’s reach. Ensure lighters have child-resistant safety features.
Teach young children that lighters and matches are not toys and not to touch them.
Teach young children they should tell a grown-up if they see an unattended cigarette burning or a lighter or match lying around.