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5 Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires After a fire, contact your local Costa Mesa, CA, SERVPRO, that provides residential fire cleanup.

5 Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires

Even though less people smoke nowadays, cigarettes remain one of the most common causes of house fires. Here are five ways to lower the risk of starting a cigarette fire or ashtray fire in your home.

1. Smoke outside. The best way to make sure that a cigarette does not ignite flammable materials in your home is to smoke outside. You should also keep handy an ashtray or a bucket filled with sand to extinguish cigarettes, which lowers the possibility of starting a fire outside as well.

2. Completely extinguish cigarettes. When you are done smoking a cigarette, be sure to completely extinguish the burning end. Smoldering ends may cause fires if they are knocked over or blown away.

3. Don’t smoke if you’re drowsy. The situation that usually precedes a cigarette fire is when a smoker falls asleep with a lit cigarette. Bedrooms especially are a common place for cigarette or candle fires to break out as these items are left unattended when someone falls asleep.

4. Never smoke around medical oxygen. Oxygen tanks pose a major risk of combustion when combined with a lit cigarette. Keep cigarettes away from these high-pressure systems.

5. Use stable ashtrays. Whether you are smoking in or near your home, you should make sure that the ashtray you use is stable and preferably heavy. If you have pets, they may knock over an ashtray, so be sure that you completely extinguish the cigarette butts before discarding them. This also lowers the risk of an ashtray fire.

Following these five simple suggestions can prevent a cigarette fire. If a fire does break out in your home due to cigarettes, candles, cooking equipment, or any other source, you should contact the fire department immediately. Then, contact a service in Costa Mesa, CA, that provides residential fire cleanup. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcostamesa.com/

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