'Stub it out' is message from county fire service

Emergency services attend a house fire

Emergency services attend a house fire

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FIRE safety experts have urged smokers to ‘stub it out’ as part of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service’s (DFRS) Fire Kills campaign.

DFRS is reminding smokers to ‘Put it Out, Right Out’ while highlighting figures showing a third of all fire deaths in the home are caused by cigarettes.

County fire prevention man-ager Kate Huelin said: “Every six days someone dies from a fire caused by cigarettes or smoking materials.

“Despite a fall in the overall numbers of fires caused by these products, it is still the biggest killer in accidental fires in the home across the country.

“Every smoker should wake up to the risks they take every time they light up, and drop the habit of smoking whilst in bed or under the influence of alcohol.

“The risk of falling asleep before you ‘put it out, right out’ is just too great.”

Susan Mary Allen, aged 54, died following a Swanage house fire in November 2008.

At the subsequent inquest into her death the coroner heard evidence that the fire was “almost certainly started by discarded smoking materials”.

Earlier this year a report compiled by the South West Fire Investigation Group identified smoking as one of seven factors linking most home fire deaths in region.

Kate warned: “Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious, so invest in a working smoke alarm and test it monthly. It can give you the extra time you need to escape if the worst should happen.”

Visit dorsetfire.gov.uk to view simple steps to prevent a cigarette fire in the home.

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11:42am Mon 5 May 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

Never mind "stub it out" at home - it's about time there was a campaign to educate car occupants to do the same.

Last year, I had to pull over onto the hard shoulder of the M27 to remove a lit cigarette from the back seat of my car. Some thoughtless idiot in a car in front of me threw it out of their car instead of stubbing it out in their ash-tray, and in it came through an open window.

I bet most summertime kerbside fires are caused by discarded cigarette ends. Stub them out!
Never mind "stub it out" at home - it's about time there was a campaign to educate car occupants to do the same. Last year, I had to pull over onto the hard shoulder of the M27 to remove a lit cigarette from the back seat of my car. Some thoughtless idiot in a car in front of me threw it out of their car instead of stubbing it out in their ash-tray, and in it came through an open window. I bet most summertime kerbside fires are caused by discarded cigarette ends. Stub them out! Jim_Springbourne
  • Score: 6

3:41pm Mon 5 May 14

pete woodley says...

Stub it out, because if it causes a fire there might not be a fireman about !.
Stub it out, because if it causes a fire there might not be a fireman about !. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

3:42pm Mon 5 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

As long as smoking is legal, stupid people will exist. Natural selection.
As long as smoking is legal, stupid people will exist. Natural selection. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 0

10:45pm Mon 5 May 14

Turtlebay says...

pete woodley wrote:
Stub it out, because if it causes a fire there might not be a fireman about !.
They're all on strike!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Stub it out, because if it causes a fire there might not be a fireman about !.[/p][/quote]They're all on strike! Turtlebay
  • Score: -2

2:52pm Tue 6 May 14

Teddy 1 says...

Looks like another poorly thought out campaign by dfrs! The 'stub it out' camapign isnt as impactful as the 'put it out, right out' camapign which wi believe is a national campaign and workes on so many more levels. Why waste resources and try again to reinvent the wheel. Justifying a job or trying to make a difference and not quite getting it right...again??
Looks like another poorly thought out campaign by dfrs! The 'stub it out' camapign isnt as impactful as the 'put it out, right out' camapign which wi believe is a national campaign and workes on so many more levels. Why waste resources and try again to reinvent the wheel. Justifying a job or trying to make a difference and not quite getting it right...again?? Teddy 1
  • Score: 3

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