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More people die in fires caused by smoking than any other source. 

The best way to protect you and your family from the risk of fire from smoking is to always smoke outside. 

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Take extra care when you are tired - falling asleep whilst smoking is the most common cause of smoking related fires.

For more information and help on stopping smoking contact the Healthy Cornwall team on 01209 615 600 or visit: 

It is important to follow these simple precautions if you smoke to prevent a fire at home:

  • Always use a suitable ashtray, that can’t be easily knocked over

  • Remove ash deposits from ashtrays regularly.

  • Always use child resistant lighters and keep lighters and matches out of reach of children.

  • Never smoke in bed or anywhere else you usually sleep
  • Don’t leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended, and make sure they are properly extinguished
    (( Never put ash straight into a bin with other rubbish

  • If you use paraffin creams, take extra care as they could ignite and cause serious injury or death. 
  • If you use oxygen in the home, we advise you not to smoke, as it's highly flamable. 

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service offer free home fire safety checks. To help us determine if you are eligible for a visit, please complete the home fire safety check short survey. If you are eligible an officer will contact you and arrange a convenient time to visit your home. Please be aware that there is a waiting list in place.

In your home consider: 

  • Fitting and maintaining a smoke alarm - one on each level of your home. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and dial 999.
  • Ensure you have a fire escape plan and make sure everyone who lives with you, knows exactly what to do if there is a fire. 

If you use an e-cigarette:

  • Only use the charger supplied

  • Charge the device on a solid surface

  • Purchase your device from a reputable supplier and check the e-cigarette carries CE Certification

  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidance supplied with
    the device

  • Never leave e-cigarettes on charge for long periods of
    time unattended

  • Never leave a device to charge overnight

  • Never leave liquid nicotine refills or e-cigarettes in
    reach of children. The contents can be highly toxic