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Smoking Fire Safety

For many years, smoking has been a leading cause of home fire deaths.The 2021 national estimates for residential building smoking fires and losses show that there were 7,800 fires, 275 deaths, 750 injuries and $361,500,000 in dollar loss. Here is what you need to know about keeping your home and family safe!

Smoking Fire Safety-Helpful Hints

  • Smoke outside. Many things in your home can catch on fire if they touch something hot like a cigarette or ashes. It is always safer to smoke outside.
  • Put cigarettes out all the way. Do this every time. Don’t walk away from lit cigarettes and other smoking materials. Put water on the ashes and butts to make sure they are really out before you put them in the trash.
  • Be alert. Do not smoke after taking medicine that makes you tired. You may not be able to prevent or escape from a fire if you are sleepy or have taken medicine that makes you tired.
  • Never smoke around medical oxygen. Medical oxygen can explode if a flame or spark is near. Even if the oxygen is turned off, it can still catch on fire.
  • Never smoke in bed. Mattresses and bedding can catch on fire easily. Do not smoke in bed because you might fall asleep with a lit cigarette.
  • Put your cigarette out in an ashtray or bucket with sand. Use ashtrays with a wide base so they won’t tip over and start a fire.

Downloadable Resources

Quick Tips to Share

Spread the word by sharing these graphics with your family and friends! We encourage you to print these and also share on social media.

A fire safety message advising to always smoke outside to prevent house fires, with a graphic of a house and a cigarette.
A public service announcement reminding to fully extinguish cigarettes, with logos of U.S. fire authorities below.