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This fire was caused by a cigarette. Fires caused by cigarettes can do more damage than you might think. If you smoke, or know someone who does, please follow the simple safety advice below.
Never smoke in bed.
Use a proper ashtray – never a wastepaper basket.
Make sure your ashtray can’t tip over and is made of a material that won’t burn.
Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They can easily fall over and start a fire.
Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs, or if you’ve been drinking. You might fall asleep and set your bed or sofa on fire.
Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach. Consider buying child resistant lighters and match boxes.
Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out!
If you are thinking about giving up smoking, please contact your local NHS for help and advice.
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