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Smoking and fire safety

Every year in the UK 100 people die and 1000 people are injured in house fires caused by smoking.

If someone in your house smokes, your home is at greater risk of fire so it's very important that everyone in your family knows how to keep your home safe.

House Fire

Here are some things you can do:

  • Every home needs a working smoke alarm on each floor of the building. Remind your parents or carers to check the batteries once a month.
  • Get your family together to make a fire action plan for your home.
  • Every member of the family should know what to do and where to find door and window keys if there's a fire.
  • Never play with matches or cigarette lighters.
  • Take care when you're in the kitchen. Cooking accidents cause half of the house fires in the UK each year.
  • Ask your parents or carers to switch off and unplug TVs and other electrical appliances when they're not in use – especially overnight. Remind them to use one plug for one socket only.

If someone in your home smokes remind them:

  • Never leave a lit cigarette lying around.
  • Always use a proper ashtray on a level and stable surface.
  • Make sure that the cigarette butts are completely cold before the ashtray is emptied into a bin. It is recommended that ashtrays be put outside overnight.
  • Never smoke in bed.
Humberside Fire Service

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service give free advice on how to keep your home safe. Get in touch with the Community Safety Team on free phone 0300 303 8242 or email and there's lots more information on their website

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