A house fire in Stanmore has resulted in London Fire Brigade (LFB) issuing a warning to all Londoners about the safe disposal of cigarettes.
Firefighters have said that Londoners should dispose of cigarettes carefully following the fire on Brockley Hill in Stanmore on 18 May.
LFB were called to Brockley Hill at 8:36pm and the fire was under control by 10:22pm. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Stanmore, Mill Hill and Hendon fire stations attended the scene to tackle the blaze.
LFB have confirmed that most of the ground and first floors of a derelict house were damaged by fire. Thankfully there were no reports of any injuries.
It has been revealed that the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Fires caused by smoking materials including cigarettes, roll-ups, cigars and pipes, result in more deaths than any other type of fire. Stub cigarettes out properly and always dispose of them carefully.
“Make sure smoking materials are cold before emptying ashtrays. Preferably wet stubs before throwing them into a bin.”
On the official London Fire Brigade website, the following safety tips have been posted for all smokers to be aware of –
- Never smoke in bed and avoid smoking on arm chairs and sofas – especially if you think you might fall asleep.
- Take extra care when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs or if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
- Use proper ashtrays, which can’t tip over and stub cigarettes out properly.
- Don’t balance cigars or cigarettes on the edge of an ashtray, or anything else – they can tip and fall as they burn away and cause a fire.
- Don’t leave lit pipes or cigarettes unattended.
- Always empty ashtrays carefully. Make sure smoking materials are out, cold and preferably wet them before throwing into a bin – never use a wastepaper basket.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach, and buy child resistant lighters.
- Never smoke if you use healthcare equipment like medical oxygen or an air flow pressure relief mattress. If you use paraffin-based emollient creams, ask for non-flammable alternatives instead.
- It’s safer to smoke outside, but make sure cigarettes are put right out and disposed of properly.
- Consider additional safety measures such as fire retardant bedding or nightwear.
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