Smoking Materials & House Fires - Central County Fire & Rescue

Smoking Materials & House Fires

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Since Saturday, June 4, CCFR has responded to three house fires likely started by the improper use of smoking materials.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. 
“Fortunately, we did not see any fatalities from the three fires this week, but there were injuries, and the outcomes could have been much worse,” CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown says.
On Saturday morning, two victims were taken to a local hospital following a house fire on South River Rd., and a Tuesday morning fire on Birdie Hills Rd. sent two people to the hospital. There were no injuries in the fire on Westin Dr. on Wednesday. All of the fires were within the CCFR fire protection district. The cause of each fire and the total amount of damages are under investigation by CCFR; preliminary reports show that smoking materials played a part in each of the incidents.
“If you smoke, do it outside. And, when you dispose of the smoking materials do so in a large metal container that is stored at least six feet away from the house,” Brown says.
CCFR and the NFPA also recommend dousing all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand, using deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table, keeping matches and lighters out of reach from children, and avoiding smoking if there is oxygen being used in the home. 
“It is also important to stay alert. If you are tired or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol you should not be smoking,” Brown says.