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Put it out, Right Out!
This month smokers across North Wales will be stubbing out their
cigarettes for good in support of National No Smoking Day on March
The fire and rescue service supported the campaign on Wednesday
the 11th of March in partnership with the Caia Park
Health Team, at the Dr Rao Surgery in Caia Park, and at Coleg
Cambria - Deeside.
This enabled staff to talk to residents and students to
highlight the dangers of smoking, and to promote the free home fire
safety checks we offer.
I for one welcome the rise in the number of people giving up
cigarettes as smokers are at far greater risk of having a fire in
their home. Very often, house fires caused by smoking materials
also involve other contributory factors, such as drinking alcohol -
but cigarettes are a fire risk in themselves, and when combined
with carelessness or drowsiness, they can be a tragedy just waiting
What a lot of people aren't aware of is that it isn't the fire
that kills but the nhalation of carbon monoxide. This is why it is
important to fit not only a smoke alarm but also a carbon monoxide
As well as costing lives, there is also the financial cost of
the damage caused by fires - the average damage caused by a house
fire is valued at £25,500.
Some people will be taking a big step this month and will be
throwing away their cigarettes and replacing them with an
electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette. This latest
gadget is an electronic inhaler that vaporises a liquid solution
into an aerosol mist, stimulating the act of tobacco smoking, and
for some has assisted them in giving up the habit.
But all e-cigarettes use a rechargeable battery to power the
vaporiser, these batteries require to be recharged on a regular
basis, and a number of incidents have been reported nationally
whereby the battery has either overheated or exploded during the
Therefore although I encourage you to stub out your cigarettes
this month, I do also urge you to take extra care if you decide to
swap the matches for a charger, to always follow the manufacturer's
instructions and guidance, and to only use the battery and charger
that was provided with the e-cigarette.
However, if you do not yet feel ready to give up cigarettes,
smokers can follow some simple precautions to help prevent a fire
in the home. These include taking extra care when you're tired,
taking any sort of drugs or have been drinking alcohol, and never
smoke in bed - if you need to lie down, don't light up. You could
doze off and set your bed on fire.
Remember never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended
and always buy child-resistant lighters and matchboxes. Keep these
where children can't reach them. Also, use a proper, heavy ashtray
that can't tip over easily and is made of a material that won't
burn. Make sure your cigarette is not still burning when you are
finished - put it out, right out.
Finally, tap your ash into an ashtray, never a wastebasket
containing other rubbish - and don't let the ash or cigarette ends
build up in the ashtray.