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Smoking and e-cigarettes


Fires caused by smoking materials are the biggest killers in accidental house fires – in fact every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.

If you smoke in your home, we would urge you to be cautious and follow the safety advice below:

  • 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, are taking any sort of drugs/medication or have been drinking alcohol. 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.


Leaving an e-cigarette on charge when you're out or asleep can have devastating consequences. Follow our advice to make sure you stay safe.

  • Use the charger supplied with the e-cigarette or recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe charging, use and disposal.
  • Remember that charging requirements vary from one device to the other.
  • Always keep the device away from flammable or combustible materials such as a bed or soft furnishings.
  • Don’t exceed the recommended charging time or leave unattended for any significant length of time (e.g.
    overnight whilst you’re asleep or go out).
  • Check the e-cigarette carries CE certification.
  • If you have any concerns contact Trading Standards for more information.

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