Fires caused by smoking materials are the biggest killers in accidental house fires – in fact every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette. 

If you smoke in your home, we urge you to be cautious and follow the safety advice below: 

  • Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and carefully disposed of.  
  • Never smoke in bed – you could easily doze off and set your bed on fire. 
  • Always use a proper ashtray which is made of material which cannot burn or tip over.  
  • Take extra care when you are tired, are taking any sort of drugs/medication or have been drinking alcohol. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning. 
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children – consider buying child resistant lighters and match boxes to reduce the risk. 


Leaving an e-cigarette on charge when you are out or asleep can have devastating consequences. Follow our advice to make sure you stay safe. 

  • Use the charger supplied with the e-cigarette or recommended by the manufacturer. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe charging, use and disposal. 
  • Remember that charging requirements vary from one device to the other. 
  • Always keep the device away from flammable or combustible materials such as a bed or soft furnishings. 
  • Don’t exceed the recommended charging time or leave unattended for any significant length of time (e.g. 
  • overnight whilst you’re asleep or go out). 
  • Check the e-cigarette carries CE certification. 

If you have any concerns contact Trading Standards for more information.