Although realising the first day without cigarettes is often the most difficult, this year’s No Smoking Day is organised by The British Heart Foundation who have teamed-up with NHS Smokefree to offer a free support tool called One Day Quit.
Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to give up smoking. Some people give up as part of a larger lifestyle change - to be healthier, to get fit, or to save money. For some, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family, friends, and little ones.
From a fire safety perspective Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are reminding smokers that careless disposal of cigarettes is the single biggest killer in house fires across the country. Habits such as smoking whilst drinking alcohol in the home or lighting up in bed are responsible for one in three of all accidental house fires resulting in deaths in England.
With a steady decline in the number of smokers, the overall number of fires triggered by cigarettes is small, but with over a third of all fire deaths in the country attributed to cigarettes the proportion of fatalities is staggering.
A working smoke alarm means you are more than twice as likely to survive an accidental house fire. For smokers not ready to kick the habit this No Smoking Day, it is important to follow these simple precautions to prevent a fire at home:
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