East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are reminding local smokers today that cigarettes are the most common cause of fire deaths in East Sussex.
To coincide with National No Smoking Day (12th March 2014), East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are urging smokers to realise the deadly dangers of lighting up in the home.
Community Safety Team Manager, Steve Wright said: “Smokers not giving up should still be aware of the fire risks they face. Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them weekly. A working smoke alarm means you are more than twice as likely to survive an accidental house fire.
"Without an early alarm system in place you could lose valuable escape time in a fire. Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke can render a person unconscious. As well as the health dangers, people need to be aware of the deadly risks of smoking in the home and how smoking materials can very quickly and easily lead to a fire.
“When extinguishing cigarettes, smokers must make sure they 'put it out, right out' and if possible refrain from smoking in the home at all.”
For smokers not ready to kick the habit this No Smoking Day, it is important to follow these simple precautions to prevent a fire at home:
- Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished
- Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999
- Never smoke in bed. Take care when you're tired. It's very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight
- Avoid drugs and alcohol when smoking. It's easy to lose your concentration when using any sort of drugs or drinking alcohol, combine with cigarettes and this could be lethal
- Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes 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.
For advice and support on giving up smoking, go to www.nosmokingday.org.uk