Kudos to The Brockton Enterprise for expressing their concerns over the series of smoking material fires that have occurred in Massachusetts over the past few months. Their recent op-ed, “No butts about it, extinguish cigarettes safely”, cited two fires that resulted in total losses; another occupancy was deemed uninhabitable.
The importance of throwing out cigarette butts properly, including those that are discarded outside, was emphasized throughout the piece.
The op-ed concludes, “We don’t want to report on another tragedy. So before you reach for another cigarette, have a plan to put it out. Safely.”
We couldn’t agree more: Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the U.S., but they’re highly preventable when discarded properly.
For more information about using smoking materials safely, take a look at NFPA’s smoking safety tips. You can also find related data in NFPA’s The Smoking-Material Fire Problem report by John R. Hall, Jr., July 2013.