Today, Wednesday 13th March 2019, is National No Smoking Day. The day takes place every year to help raise awareness of the benefits of quitting smoking, and to help those who wish to put down the cigarettes for good. Everybody knows the health benefits of quitting smoking, but it’s not just your body that could reap the rewards. As well as promoting better health for you and those around you, quitting smoking can be better for your home, too.
Cigarettes can leave a nasty, hard to remove smell around the home, but it can also increase your chances of starting a fire. It’s something that you hope will never happen – and may not even cross your mind – but every time you light up, you increase your chances. According to the London Fire Brigade, around half of all fatal fires in the home are caused by smoking and, even if it doesn’t end in fatality, nobody wants to claim on their home insurance unnecessarily.
Luckily, a fire caused by cigarettes is avoidable. Even if you’re not ready to quit just yet, taking the following precautions will reduce your chances of an accident.
Never leave a cigarette unattended
If you’re going to smoke at home, treat your cigarette in the same way you would treat a candle and never leave it unattended. It’s easy to put down a cigarette to answer the front door, check on the oven or for any other quick task, but those seconds could be the start of something serious. It only takes a small breeze, a small hand or a pet’s wagging tail to knock a cigarette from a safe place and start a fire.
Only smoke outside
If you don’t already step outside to light up, you might want to consider it. Not only will it reduce the number of flammable items around you, but it will be harder to become distracted.
Avoid trying to multitask
You might not think twice about smoking while typing, cooking or carrying out other small tasks around the house, but it’s safer to do one thing at a time. If you’re going to smoke, drop everything else and you’ll be much less likely to drop the lit cigarette.
Keep cigarettes away from curtains and other flammable materials
From curtains and tablecloths, to bedding and sofas, our homes are full of flammable materials. The fewer flammable items around, the lower the risk of accidentally starting a fire. If you can, find a space away from such items before you light up.
Switch to e-cigarettes
Switching to e-cigarettes isn’t just a great way to start cutting back on smoking, but also a great way to protect your home. Unlike traditional cigarettes, there’s no fire involved – meaning you completely eliminate the risk.
Make sure you have insurance
Even if you’re not a smoker, home insurance will protect you from the financial burden of a fire in the home if it does happen. Don’t leave it until it’s too late – make sure your home is protected.