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Posted on: February 12, 2017

Smoking and Home Fire Safety

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FACTS --The risk of dying in a home structure fire caused by smoking materials rises with age. --One out of four fatal victims of smoking-materials fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire. BE ALERT! --To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won't be alert if you ar sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy or have consumed alcohol. --Never smoke in bed. SMOKING SAFETY TIPS --If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes. --if you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or in bedrooms. --Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of reach of children, in a locked cabinet. PUT IT OUT! --Use a deep, sturdy ash tray. Place it away from anything that can burn. --Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grass, leaves or other things that could ingnite easliy. --Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that. SMOKING AND MEDICAL OXYGEN --Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easlily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter. All information is refrenced from the NFPA Public Education Division to view thier site go to www.nfpa.org/education or click on the Fire Department tab and then go to Useful Links.

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