Matches, Lighters and Smoking

matchesMatches, lighters and smoking cause more people to die each year than any other fire hazard. Make your home safer with these tips:

  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet out of the reach of young children.
  • Matches and lighters are tools - not toys! If a child finds matches or lighters, they should let a grown-up know. Never let children play with matches or lighters.
  • Smokers should never smoke in bed. A hot ash can smolder for hours in bedding. Before going to bed, grown-ups should check for smoldering cigarettes under cushions of chairs and sofas. A cigarette can smolder for many hours before bursting into flames.
  • Make sure smoker use large, deep ashtrays. Empty them often into a metal can. Never place ashes in a trash can until they are completely cool.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms in your home.
More fire safety tips: United States Fire Administration.