Fire brigade highlights smoking dangers

As well as wishing good luck to smokers across Scotland aiming to kick their habit, Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade used last week’s National No Smoking Day as an opportunity to remind people of the very real risks of an accidental fire if you smoke or drink alcohol at home.

A significant number of the fatal fires in the past year have been caused by smokers’ materials and alcohol consumption has also played a part in many cases.

Community Safety Manager Geoff Aird said: “In many incidents where cigarettes start a fire, it is entirely preventable. Avoid smoking in bed, make sure cigarettes are extinguished properly and take extra care smoking if you have been drinking alcohol. Under the influence of alcohol, you will be slower to react if fire breaks out. A few simple safety measures when smoking can prevent fires from happening.”

Just a few months ago the Fire Brigade highlighted this danger, after figures revealed seven out of eight fatal fires in the first 10 months of last year were caused by a cigarette, with some similar fires since then having tragic consequences too.

Mr Aird continued: “If you do smoke, we urge you to avoid smoking in the home, especially if you have had an alcoholic drink – your reactions are slower and it can so easily end in tragedy for you and your family.

“Whether you smoke or not, a working smoke detector in your home provides essential protection from fire and could save your life one day. To arrange a home safety visit where firefighters will fit a free alarm, call free on 0800 169 0320.” For further fire safety information visit www.lbfire.org.uk and follow the Fire Brigade on twitter- @lbfire.