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6 precautionary measures to reduce the risks of smoking-related fires

Published on September 19, 2018


According to statistics published by the Ministère de la Sécurité publique, 20% of fires in Quebec homes in 2015 were caused by smoking products. Since smoking is one of the main causes of fires in the province, you have to be extra careful if you or someone living with you smokes. Read the tips from L’Unique General Insurance to reduce the risk of fires!

  1. Stop smoking!
    Easier said than done, but it’s the easiest way to reduce the risk of fires caused by cigarettes. There are many other benefits of quitting smoking, including an improvement of your overall health and a potential decrease of your home insurance premiums!
  2. Make sure your home is equipped with smoke detectors and keep them in good condition.
    • Install the detectors near the bedrooms.
    • Check the batteries and replace them every 6 months.
    • Replace your detectors every 10 years.
  3. Choose the right time and place to smoke
    If possible, smoke outdoors, in an area protected from wind and equipped with deep and stable ashtrays.

    Never smoke:

    • When you’re tired or have taken medication or consumed any alcohol. If you fall asleep, you’re likely to start a fire
    • On a mattress or couch because the material is highly flammable
    • Close to flammable products. Since they are frequently used during renovations, you should smoke outside when renovating.
  4. Never leave lit cigarettes unattended.
    If you must leave, put out all lit cigarettes, even if it’s in an ashtray.
  5. Keep matches, lighters, cigarettes and other smoking products away from the reach of children.
  6. Dispose of ashes and stubs properly.
    • Always place your ashes and stubs in safe ashtrays, both indoors and out. The ashtray should be stable and designed to keep the ashes within the ashtray.
    • Always pour water over the stubs before disposing of it in the trash.
    • Never place stubs in a flower pot or flower bed. Potting soil and mulch can be highly flammable.

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