Facts and Figure
- In 2001, there were an estimated 31,200 smoking-material fires in structures, 830 civilian deaths, 1,770 civilian injuries and $386 million in property damage. Of the fire deaths, 770 occurred in the home.
- In Canada there were 3,800 fires in 1999 associated with smoking materials. These fires caused 120 civilian deaths, 260 civilian injuries and direct property damage of $58 million Canadian ($39 million U.S.).
- The most common material first ignited in home smoking material-related fires was trash, followed by mattresses and bedding and upholstered furniture.
Source: NFPA’s The Smoking-Material Fire Problem, November 2004, by John R. Hall, Jr.
Encourage smokers to smoke outside.
Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., matresses, bedding, upolstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
- Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy, intoxicated, or medicated.
- Use large, deep, non-tip ashtrays to prevent ashes from spilling onto furniture and check them frequently. Do not rest ashtrays on sofas or chairs.
- Completely douse butts and ashed with water before throwing them away as they can smolder in the trash and cause a fire.
- Smoking should not be allowed in a home where oxygen is in use.
- Whevener someone has been smoking in the home, ask them to keep smoking materials, lighters, and matches with them so young children so not touch them.
- Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach (preferably in a locked cabinet).