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If you or someone in your home smokes you can take the following simple steps to prevent a fire from happening in your home.

  • Use a proper ashtray – never a wastepaper basket;
  • Make sure your ashtray can’t tip over and is made of a material that won’t burn;
  • Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking medication, or if you’ve been drinking;
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach;
  • Consider buying child resistant lighters and matchboxes;
  • Never smoke in bed;
  • Don’t leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended. They can easily start a fire.