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These few simple tips will help prevent fires caused by smoking materials.

Smoking is one of the leading causes of fire deaths. Each year, inappropriately discarded smoking materials causes millions of dollars in damages. Cigarettes and other smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire.

If You Smoke, Make Sure You

1. Discard Smoking Materials Properly

  • Use a deep, non-combustible ashtray that cigarettes can fall into
  • Wet cigarette butts and matches before putting them in a garbage container to prevent them from smoldering and starting a fire
  • Never extinguish smoking materials in plant pots, potting soil, peat moss or other types of soil as they contain combustible materials
  • Never discard smoking materials on the ground, in the garbage or in dry, grassy areas. In addition to being a fire hazard, it is also considered littering and is subject to a $250 fine

2. Protect Children and Pets

  • Keep smoking materials, including lighters and matches, out of reach of children

3. If You Smoke, Smoke Outside

  • Provide smokers with large, deep, sturdy, non-combustible ashtrays

  • Wet cigarette butts and ashes before throwing them out or burying them in the sand
  • Refrain from smoking on balconies if it is restricted by the property owner

4. Use E-Cigarettes With Caution

  • Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended

  • Battery failures can lead to small explosions

5. Prevent Burns and Injuries

  • Do not light a cigarette while wearing a nasal cannula
  • Do not smoke inside a home where oxygen cylinders are present

For More Information

Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)


780-496-3628 (voicemail only)


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