Don't be a butt, take cigarette safety seriously
By Glenn Cooper
(NC) We all know that smoking is bad for your health, but many people overlook the fact that smoking is a fire hazard and is the cause of many household disasters each year, in Canada and around the world. Too many fires are caused by people falling asleep with a lit cigarette in their hand.
“Every year cigarettes that are not properly put out cause thousands of home fires,” says Wayne Ross, insurance expert with Aviva Canada. “A lit cigarette can cause a large fire in only a matter of seconds. If you are going to smoke, be alert and make sure your butts are completely out and disposed of properly.”
Since the majority of fires that are attributed to smoking occur in the home, here are a number of precautions that smokers should take:
• Always use an ashtray and put out your cigarettes properly: You can never be too careful and cigarettes can smoulder for hours before sparking and causing a fire.
• Butting out in potted plants is dangerous: Always put out cigarettes properly in an ashtray. Potted plants can catch fire. If you don't smoke and are having guests over that do, ensure you provide an appropriate place for them to extinguish their cigarette even if they are doing so outside the home.
• Never throw cigarettes off a balcony: This is extremely dangerous and can cause fires in a variety of ways.
• If you smoke, smoke outside: This not only reduces the risk of a fire, it will keep your home free of second hand smoke.
• Use fire safe cigarettes: Smoking fire safe cigarettes reduces the risk of a fire starting.
Most importantly, always be alert when smoking. Every time you finish a cigarette it is your responsibility to make sure it is extinguished properly.
More information is also available from your insurance broker.
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