Cigarettes and other smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire. These fires can start when plant pots are used as ashtrays or cigarette butts are carelessly thrown on the ground.
Every year, fires started with smoking materials occur in Edmonton. These fires not only cause millions of damage, they also needlessly risk lives. In some cases, lives have been lost.
Regardless of how they start, they are almost always preventable.
Citizens who smoke can help Edmonton Fire Rescue Services protect life, property and the environment by always using an ashtray to extinguish their cigarettes:
- Always extinguish smoking materials in deep, non-combustible ashtrays.
- Make sure that matches and cigarette butts in ashtrays are wet before you put them in a garbage container.
- Never extinguish smoking materials in plant pots.
- Never discard smoking materials on the ground.
- Keep lighters, matches and cigarettes out of the reach of children.
In addition to being a fire hazard, throwing a cigarette on the ground is considered littering and subject to a $250 fine.
If you wish to quit smoking, contact the Smokers' Hotline at 1-866-332-2322 or visit Alberta Quits for more information.