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Smoking and Candles

Many fires start in the home as a result of cigarette smoking and unattended candles causing hundreds of thousands of dollars damage and contributing to the death of numerous people.

To prevent fires caused by smoking cigarettes, cigars or other implements, DFES recommends the following tips:

  • Do not smoke in bed it’s easy to fall asleep and have the cigarette catch the bedding or nightwear alight
  • Never leave lit cigarettes unattended
  • Keep matches and cigarette lighters out of reach of children
  • Always use an ashtray
  • If placing a cigarette butt directly into a bin or other container, ensure it has been completely extinguished first
  • Before emptying ashtrays into a bin ensure all of the ash has been extinguished
  • Empty ashtrays into outside bins

DFES recommends the following safety tips for candles:

  • Candles should only be used under adult supervision
  • Candles should never be left unattended
  • Candles should be kept away from children and pets
  • Extinguish candles before going to sleep
  • Keep candles away from flammable liquids and gas-combustible materials
  • Candles should be kept clear of any combustible materials such as paper, curtains, clothing and Christmas decorations
  • Candles should not be placed in windows as they can be blown over causing blinds and curtains too catch alight
  • Candles should be placed on a stable, dry, heat-resistant surface away from drafts

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