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provide a professional, efficient and effective fire and rescue
service for all who live, work and travel throughout North
Put it out, Right Out!
This month smokers acrossNorth Waleswill be stubbing out
their cigarettes for goodin support of National No Smoking Day on
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
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.
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 smoking 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.