Help is here to reduce smoking fire risk
Braintree District Council are pleased to support Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s latest safety campaign to reduce smoking fire risk.
If you are a smoker, or know someone who is, you will have heard many reasons why you should consider quitting. But have you ever considered the fire risk associated with smoking?
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging smokers to give up.
Head of Prevention Will Newman said: “Fires started by cigarettes or smoking materials result in more fatalities than any other fire. Despite a fall in the overall number of fires caused by these products, it’s still the biggest cause of accidental fires in the home across the country.
“Every smoker should be aware of the risks they take every time they light up and drop the habit of smoking indoors, especially in bed, or under the influence of alcohol. The risk of falling asleep before you ‘put it out, right out’ is just too great.
“Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them at least monthly. Working smoke alarms can give you the extra time you need to escape if the worst should happen.”
NHS stop smoking services can help you quit
Without a doubt, quitting is the best way to remove the fire risk.
The NHS has many stop smoking services, which are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances.
More information can be found here: www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/nhs-stop-smoking-services-help-you-quit/