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The careless disposal of cigarettes , lighters and matches are the most common causes of fires in Queensland homes.

If you are a smoker or have smokers in the home the following fire safety tips are recommended.

  • Store matches and lighters away from children. Storage above adult shoulder height and out of sight is recommended.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Extinguish cigarettes before discarding. Discarded cigarette butts need to be disposed of safely, as many fires have started from a cigarette falling onto furniture.
  • Always use deep-sided ashtrays as an additional safe guard.
  • Empty ashtrays frequently into an outside refuse bin ensuring first that all cigarette remnants and matches are extinguished.
  • NEVER smoke in bed.
  • NEVER leave lit cigarettes unattended.