Every year, there are nearly 100,000 fires in the U.S. that start as a result of someone smoking. In some cases, a person is smoking in bed and falls asleep before putting a cigarette out. In others, a person puts a cigarette out in an ashtray positioned too closely to flammable material. If you are a smoker, here are ways to prevent starting a fire in your home due to your smoking.
Smoke outside whenever possible.
This is, hands down, the easiest way to prevent a fire in your home caused by smoking. Whenever possible, you should go outside to smoke. It will keep smoke from making your home smell like cigarettes, and it will reduce the chances of a fire taking place in your home because of smoking.
Invest in ashtrays that are deep and sturdy.
Far too many smokers use makeshift ashtrays in their home that aren’t necessarily designed to hold cigarettes. For example, some people will use a metal soda can or even a plastic water bottle as an ashtray. Instead of doing this, you should purchase several heavy-duty ashtrays and place them around your home. You should also make sure all cigarettes are out before cleaning out those ashtrays.
Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
You might not think twice about leaving matches and lighters on a kitchen counter or nightstand. However, if they fall into the hands of a curious child, it could prove to be a disaster. If kids have access to these items, it will increase the chances of a fire taking place, even if it’s not directly tied to you smoking. So take steps to prevent kids from getting their hands on anything that can cause a fire.
In addition to keeping the tips listed above in mind, those who smoke should also double check to make sure they have functioning fire alarms and smoke detectors in their homes. Life Safety Consultants can provide you with the products you need. Call us at 888-557-0558 to place an order.