Put that cig out: number of smoking-related fires and deaths on the up

London Fire is “urging people to quit” after newly-released figures show that there were over 1,300 smoking-related fires in the capital last year.

Shockingly, 17 people were killed and 134 were injured in these blazes.

Smoking is the largest cause of fatal fires – and is also listed as the third-largest cause of accidental fires in homes.

“In the past we’ve shied away from telling people not to smoke, but the statistics speak for themselves so we’re joining health bosses in urging people to quit,” said Dave Brown, the London Fire Brigade’s Director of Operations.

“The health impact of smoking is well documented, but many people don’t realise that smoking is the largest cause of fatal fires.

“Amongst the biggest mistakes people make is falling asleep with lit cigarettes, or they fail to dispose of cigarettes or matches properly, which can smoulder and cause fires.

“Ten people have died in fires in London caused by unsafe smoking this year, but you can easily take simple steps to ensure you don’t become another fire death statistic,” Brown added.

(Pic: London Fire)

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