Series of cigarette butts in glass ashtray

Smoking

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.

Advice for staying safe when smoking:

  • Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished
  • Take extra care when you’re tired, taking any kind of drugs or if you have been drinking alcohol. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning
  • Never smoke in bed - 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
  • Tap your ash into an ashtray, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish, and don’t let the ash or cigarette ends build up
  • Use child safe matches or cigarette lighters and keep them safely out of the reach of children
  • Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - a working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999

Using E-Cigarettes?

  • Never leave e-cigarettes on charge unattended for long periods
  • Do not mix components of different e-cigarettes
  • Only use the charger supplied
  • Make sure you purchase your e-cigarette from a reputable source
  • Check the e-cigarette carries CE certification
  • Test your smoke alarm regularly
  • Contact Trading Standards over any e-cigarette safety concerns

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