Smokers urged to safely dispose of cigarettes after house fire

Burning cigarette with smoke

Firefighters are urging smokers to ensure they safely dispose of cigarettes after a fire in Stoke-on-Trent started accidentally.

Crews were called to an address off Dividy Road, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 1.30pm yesterday (Sunday 15 May) following reports of a house fire.

Firefighters from Burslem and Longton attended.

On arrival, crews found a fire in a conservatory area.

Firefighters used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

No one was injured.

The fire was later deemed to have been caused accidentally as a result of a discarded cigarette.

Darren Jackson, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has this advice on how to stay safe at home if you are smoking.

“Fires caused by smoking materials are the biggest killers in accidental house fires nationally.

“Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.

“If you smoke in your home, we urge you to be cautious and make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and carefully disposed of.

“Never smoke in bed – you could easily doze off and set your bed on fire.

“Always use a proper ashtray which is made of material which can’t burn or tip over.

“Take extra care when you’re tired. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning.

“Keep matches and lighters away from children – consider buying child resistant lighters and match boxes to reduce the risk.”

For more information on smoking and e-cigarettes safety, visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website.