Op-ed reinforces the importance of extinguishing cigarettes safely, inside and out

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Apr 30, 2014

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.