Help Us Out. Put It Out!
Think about it: A single cigarette can do significant damage. In the City of Raleigh, fires started by the improper disposal of smoking materials are the number one cause of property loss. They also create a significant threat when it comes to injuries and loss of life.
In 2017, there were 1,180 total fires in the City of Raleigh; 199 were caused by smoking materials. The Raleigh Fire Department has a new campaign called, "Help Us Out. Put it Out." The goal is to provide awareness about the dangers of improperly discarded smoking material and reduce the number of fires caused by smoking materials.
One of the biggest issues with fires started by improperly disposed smoking materials is that they start outside of the home/building with no fire detection equipment. These fires allow the blaze to smolder longer and gain strength.
This results in fires that are typically more destructive. Improperly discarded smoking material fires also have the potential to affect more than one home meaning multiple families are at risk of losing everything. Here are some common-sense steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire if you smoke:
- Whenever you smoke, use deep, wide, sturdy ashtrays;
- Ashtrays should be set on something sturdy and hard to ignite, like an end table;
- Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, leaves or potted plants;
- Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that;
- Check under furniture cushions and in other places people smoke for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight;
- Smoking should not be allowed in a home where medical oxygen is used; and,
- To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must remain alert.
Smoking material fires are highly preventable. Please do your part and Help Us Out. Put it Out! For more information: 919-996-6392.