Welcome from the Chief Fire Officer

Preventing smoking related fires

The number of smokers in Wales has fallen consistently over the last decade, and this month marks National No Smoking Day, where people across the country will take the opportunity to stub out their cigarettes for good.

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 to happen.

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