09/03/2016

Seven People Died In Smoking Related House Fires Last Year

Seven people died in house fires caused by smoking materials last year, according to the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).

Fire crews also attended 69 accidental blazes caused by smoking.

The NIFRS has also issued a reminder to people that quitting smoking may help to protect themselves and their families in support of the 'Proud to be a Quitter' campaign for No Smoking Day, today, Wednesday, 09 March.
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Kevin O’Neill, Group Commander of the NIFRS said: "People know the health risks of smoking but they should not underestimate the risks associated with smoking in the home if cigarettes and smoking materials are not extinguished properly. It is vital that smokers understand how dangerous smoking at home can be. Be proud to be a quitter on No Smoking Day, but don't forget to stub out fire risks in the home.

"Unfortunately our Firefighters witness first-hand the damage and devastation caused by fires in the home started by smoking materials. These types of fires can spread rapidly and within moments, through a house. Property can be replaced, but a life cannot.

"Giving up is obviously the best way to reduce the risk of a smoking-related fire, however we appreciate for some smokers, kicking the habit can be extremely tough therefore I would remind them to be extra careful if they are smoking or disposing of smoking materials in their home."

(CD/MH)

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