Careless disposal is the most common cause of fire death in the home!
If service users smoke in their bedsits. Consider a safer smoking policy to reduce the risk from fire.
- Use correct ashtrays of suitable size that can not tip over.
- Keep ashtrays doused with a little water.
- Make sure you have enough ashtrays in order they do not over flow.
- Do not leave a lit cigarette or pipe lying around.
- Stub cigarettes out properly.
- Make sure smoking materials are cold before emptying contents.
- Only smoke legal cigarettes.
- Educate service users never to empty ashtray contents into paper bins or bins with liners.
- Educate service users that smoking in bed whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if tired can have fatal consequences.
- Educate service users not to cover detectors in order to smoke.
- Landlords to consider flame retardant bedding or nightwear.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
- Never smoke if you are using oxygen
- If you use paraffin based emollient creams, ask for non-flammable alternatives.
- Did you know that:
- The cigarette paper is designed to control the rate at which the cigarette burns.
- Chemicals in the paper ensure the cigarette continues to burn and does not extinguish on its own.
- The temperature of a cigarette while not being smoked runs 1112 degrees Fahrenheit in the center—and 752 degrees Fahrenheit on the sides of the cigarette.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_5544763_accidents-caused-smoking-cigarettes.html