Smoking Practices

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.

For more information on smoke alarms click here.

Smoking Practices
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