#TBT From the NFPA Archives: Vintage poster promotes proper disposal of smoking materials

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Jun 28, 2018

With the start of summer and wildfire season already going strong this year, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of NFPA’s vintage messaging. This “Are You Guilty?” poster was published in 1940 and was used in a campaign to discourage littering and promote proper disposal of smoking materials.

This safety message is still relevant. According to NFPA, between 2011-2015, smoking materials started an estimated average of 30,900 brush, grass, or forest fires that were reported to local fire departments per year. These fires accounted for 10 percent of all brush, grass, and forest fires reported to these departments.
For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Research Library & Archives.