Smokers are often warned of the health risks associated with smoking, but there is also a very real fire risk to consider. There are more fatalities from fires in the home caused by cigarettes and smoking products than any other reason. Many of these fires could be prevented by people being more aware of their surroundings whilst smoking.
Having a designated smoking area outside ensures you are away from potential indoor fire hazards. Smoking outside also has the added benefit of helping to prevent the smell and potential damage to your home caused by smoking inside.
After using an ashtray to make sure that any cigarettes are completely out, submerge them in water and dispose of the contents in a metal bin, preferably one that’s kept outside of the home.
One of the most important safety measures is to fit, working heat and smoke alarms on each floor of your home.
Multi-sensor alarms like Aico’s Ei3024 Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm contain both heat and optical sensors and have the widest fire response, they are suitable for all rooms except the kitchens and are less prone to nuisance alarms.
The best way to reduce fire risk from smoking is to attempt to quit, the NHS have a free stop-smoking service available with advice and support to help during the first few months you stop smoking.
Vaping has fewer fire safety risks than smoking as there are no open flames, but they can cause nuisance alarms when used too close to optical smoke alarms. The aerosol mist from vaping devices can act like smoke, disrupting the light beans in optical smoke alarms, causing nuisance alarms with no smoke or fire present and possible damage to the alarm.
For further advice, visit our home fire safety article to find out more about keeping your home safe from potential fires as well as essential equipment.
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