No Smoking Day
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service supports No Smoking Day in March every year.
It is vital that smokers understand how dangerous smoking at home can be for their family and those they live with. Tobacco is designed to stay lit so cigarettes and cigars can easily start an accidental fire, especially if you are sleepy or have been drinking alcohol.
We are urging smokers to Put it Out, Right Out! - to either to kick the habit altogether, or ensure that they always extinguish their cigarettes properly, especially last thing at night.
Smoking is not only bad for your health, it can also threaten your home and your worldly possessions.
Advice for Smokers
For those not ready to kick the habit 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
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, 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. Make sure your cigarette is not still burning when you are finished - put it out, right out
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
Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and dial 999. You can get a ten-year smoke alarm for roughly the same price as two packets of cigarettes
Carry out your own home safety check
Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.
Do the online home safety check
Book a home safety check
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.
If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.
Book a home safety visit for over 65’s
Last updated: Wednesday 05 July 2017