Smoking is a leading cause of house fire deaths in Australia, with many fires starting due to unsafe smoking behaviours.
If you are a smoker, Victorian fire services recommend you take the below actions to minimise your risk of starting a house fire.
Quitting smoking is the safest option from a health and a fire safety perspective. However, if you are going to continue to smoke, here are some ways you can minimise your fire risk.
Victorian fire services recommend:
- If you can, smoke outside the home in a single location.
- If smoking occurs in the home, there should be a smoke alarm in every room.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Don’t smoke when affected by alcohol, drugs or medications that may cause drowsiness.
- Use heavy, high-sided, non-combustible ashtrays to dispose of cigarette butts. Pour some water on the ash and butts to make sure they’re out.
- “Stick it don’t flick it” – never flick cigarette butts, either inside or outside.
- Never leave a lit cigarette unattended and butt out your cigarette before you walk away.
- Keep matches and cigarette lighters out of reach of children.
All homes in Victoria must have a working smoke alarm. If smoking occurs in the home, there should be a smoke alarm in every room where smoking may occur.
Victorian fire services recommend smoke alarms connected to 240-volt mains power with a 10-year battery backup or alarms powered by a 10-year, long-life battery.
When more than one smoke alarm is installed in a home, they should be interconnected so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound.