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3 Ways To Avoid Cigarette Fires in Your Home

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Man smoking outside a balcony Smoking outside reduces the likelihood of a fire.

Avoid a Cigarette Fire In Your Home

A fire in your home in Garland, TX caused by a cigarette can cause a great deal of damage to your home, and the process of restoring your home can be both time-consuming and costly. However, there are several steps you can take to avoid a cigarette fire in your home.

1. Smoke Outside

Smoking inside a home can increase the likelihood of a fire for various reasons. When you’re inside your home, it’s easy to become distracted and set your cigarette down for a few moments. However, a forgotten cigarette can quickly catch fire on a variety of surfaces. Smoking outside makes it less likely that you will become distracted, therefore reducing the likelihood of a fire.

2. Make Sure Cigarettes Are Fully Extinguished

A cigarette that is not fully extinguished can easily cause a cigarette fire in your home. Some types of cigarettes can be extinguished more quickly than others, but cigarettes that are labeled as ‘fire-safe’ can still cause fires if they aren’t extinguished properly. After you are done smoking, it’s often wise to take the time to check that the cigarette is fully extinguished.

3. Don’t Place Ashtrays in the Home

Although using ashtrays can help to prevent fires from cigarettes, keeping ashtrays in your home does increase the likelihood of a fire occurring. An ashtray fire occurs when a cigarette in the ashtray isn’t fully extinguished and sparks leave the ashtray, which is often made out of fire-resistant material, and turn into flames. Keeping an ashtray outside of your home will ensure that your home remains safe if a fire does occur in the ashtray.

Smoking outside, fully extinguishing cigarettes and keeping ashtrays outside of the home can help you prevent a cigarette fire from occurring in your home. If your home has sustained fire damage, you may find it helpful to contact fire cleanup and restoration professionals.

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