Smoking and fire safety

Did you know that in England during 2018/19, there were 3,742 fires caused by smoking materials, resulting in 57 fatalities? To make sure your home stays safe, here are some simple tips for families with smokers.

Tips for Smokers – If someone in your house smokes, it’s important to follow these rules to reduce the risk of fires:  

  • Never leave a lit cigarette lying around. 
  • Always use a suitable ashtray and make sure it can’t be knocked over. 
  • Never smoke in bed. 
  • Do not empty the ashtray into a bin at night. 

Things You Can Do as a Family – Everyone in your family can play a part in keeping your home safe. Here are some things you can do: 

  • Install a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home. 
  • Remind your parent or caregiver to check the alarms regularly. 
  • Create a fire action plan for your home. 
  • Make sure everyone knows what to do and where to find keys in case of a fire. 
  • Never play with matches or cigarette lighters and keep them out of sight and reach of children. 

Helpful Resources: 

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service offers free advice on how to keep your home safe. You can contact the Community Safety Team at free phone 0300 303 8242 or email 

For more information, visit their website at  Remember, by working together and following these simple tips, you can help create a safer and happier home for everyone in your family!

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service give free advice on how to keep your home safe.

Get in touch with the Community Safety Team on free phone 0300 303 8242 or email and there’s lots more information on their website