Cigarette causes fire

Ashgrove Road, Redland, Bristol

Fire crews were called in after discarded cigarettes caused a fire to break out in a home.

Appliances from Southmead and Bedminster were sent to the basement flat after a fire started in a bedroom waste bin. Firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel to deal with the small fire which involved a desk and skirting board. It’s thought the blaze broke out after discarded cigarettes were emptied from an ashtray into a bin.

No one was injured in the incident which caused minor fire damage and smoke logging in the property.

Households where there is a smoker are estimated to be at around one and a half times more likely to suffer a house fire than homes of non-smokers.

If you are a smoker there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of having a house fire.

  • Use a deep, heavy ashtray and ensure cigarettes are fully extinguished.
  • Before transferring ash into a bin, leave sufficient time for it to cool completely.
  • Take extra care if you’re feeling tired, have been drinking or are taking prescription drugs. Many fires are started by people who have fallen asleep and not realised that a cigarette is still burning.
  • Don’t smoke in bed.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • Check your smoke alarm weekly. Fit one on every level of your home.