!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb078ecc26970d-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb078ecc26970d-800wi|alt=Smokingtipsheet|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Smokingtipsheet|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb078ecc26970d img-responsive!One of my favorite gourmet shops had a fire recently. According to the Weymouth News , Previte’s Marketplace in East Weymouth, Massachusetts, sustained more than $25,000 in damage. Officials say the stubborn fire was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials that ignited the mulch bed near the entrance. The fire spread from the dry mulch into a wall of the business beneath the siding. There were no reports of injuries.
NFPA’s Smoking and Home Fire Safety tip sheet reminds us not to discard cigarettes in vegetation, such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grass, leaves, or other things that could easily ignite.
Safe disposal of cigarettes and other smoking materials is important. Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths. Before butts and ashes are thrown away, they should be doused in water or sand. More smoking safety information is available on the NFPA website.