Cigarette end causes shed fire
13/07/2020 @ 12:54
Incident Number: 126555
In attendance: 1 x Basildon
Firefighters have issued safety advice after a cigarette end caused a shed fire in Basildon.
On arrival, crews confirmed that a shed was on fire and worked to extinguish it by 1:06pm.
Watch Manager Rob Fossett from Basildon Fire Station said: “Cigarettes can cause lots of disruptive damage if not discarded properly. I’d urge the public to ensure cigarettes are properly stubbed out before disposing of them.”
If you're a smoker or you have a smoker living in your house, make sure you follow our advice to stay safe at home:
- Make sure your all cigarettes are fully extinguished
- Take extra care when you’re tired, taking any sort of drugs or have been drinking alcohol. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning
- Never smoke in bed - if you need to lie down, don’t light up. You could doze off and set your bed on fire
- Never leave lit cigarettes unattended - they can easily overbalance as they burn down
- 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 fully extinguished
- 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
- Use child safe matches and cigarette lighters and keep them safely out of the reach of childre
- Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - a working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999