One of the most common causes of deaths in home fires is careless smoking. It has been estimated that 35% of all home fire deaths (about 1,500 a year) and 17% of all home fire injuries are caused by cigarette fires. Over 300 million dollars in property is lost in these fires. Careless smoking is the number 1 cause of fires in America. The Canton Fire Prevention Bureau recommends that precautions be taken to avoid a cigarette fire.
Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers.
Do not place ashtrays on the arms of furniture.
Most cigarette fires involve dropping a hot cigarette on beds or upholstered furniture or clothing. A lit cigarette can smolder for 20 to 30 minutes before igniting anything. Check furniture before going to bed. Never smoke in bed or while reclining in upholstered furniture.
Make sure ashes are completely cold before emptying them. Try wetting ashtray contents before throwing them in the trash.
Install extra smoke detectors in smokers' bedrooms and other areas they spend time in.