Safe Family: Preventing smoking-related house fires

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

It's a campaign going on right now to prevent the number one preventable cause of home fire deaths.

The U.S. Fire Administration is launching a new public education campaign to prevent the number one cause of preventable house fire deaths -- smoking.

More than 1,000 people are killed at home every year in these types of fires. The new campaign is focused at those who live with smokers about simple steps to take:

*Use proper ash tray
*Don't empty the ash tray with hot ashes in it
*Never go to bed with a cigarette

Make sure you have an escape route from your home. Plan ahead. Get with your family members and map it out, then learn it, and practice it.

"Our recommendation is to use a good ash tray. When you empty it, make sure it's completely out, and never go to bed with a cigarette," Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says.

You must also place smoke detectors inside your home, ideally they will be dual sensor for fires that have flames and for smoky fires.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and your valuable possessions -- your family.

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