Imagine spending months planning a beautiful wedding ceremony only to have the building go up in flames as you exchange your vows. That’s what happened to a bride and groom in Foxborough, Massachusetts, last week. According to the Boston Globe, as the couple said “I do,” guests in the historic pavilion where the ceremony was taking place saw smoke.
Fire officials said “careless disposal of smoking materials” sparked the three-alarm blaze that destroyed the community landmark. A cigarette butt tossed onto dry mulch ignited the fire.
NFPA’s tip sheet on smoking and home fire safety offers the following reminders:
- Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
- Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.