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Cigarette end causes shed fire

Gladwyns, Basildon
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
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