Smoking Fires Are on the Rise | Safety Tips You Need to Know
Smoking is the number one cause of home fire deaths in the U.S., and these tragic losses are on the rise. So far this year, Arbella has seen more smoking fires than usual in homes, condos, apartments, and businesses.
Thankfully, where there’s smoke – there’s an opportunity to prevent a fire. Here’s how Arbella’s claim experts recommend keeping smoking fires at bay.
Watch where you smoke:
The majority of smoking fires start on the back deck or porch, though the most severe (in property damages and in injuries/fatalities) start in the living room or bedroom. Always smoke outside, far away from flammable curtains, tablecloths and bedspreads. Never rest smoking materials on furniture or flammable surfaces.
Safe material disposal:
Wherever you smoke, keep a non-flammable receptacle nearby. Sand, water, and ceramic, glass, or stone ash trays are all safe. Leaf piles, mulch, and dry flower pots are not. Avoid using plastic containers as receptacles, too, as these can (and do!) catch fire quickly.
Avoid special risks:
Remember: the materials involved in smoking can make ordinary things very dangerous. Never smoke after using hand sanitizer, or after using certain cleaning products. And if anyone in your home uses oxygen, keep smoking materials far away from tanks and ports.
Have a plan:
No matter how a fire starts, you need a plan. Take advantage of the NFPA’s many available preparedness resources and be sure to review your unique plans with your families.
If you’ve experienced a fire, your independent insurance agent can help you repair, replace, or rebuild what was damaged. We recommend keeping their phone number handy in case you need to contact them quickly. Your agent will work alongside Arbella’s claim team to ensure that in the event of a fire, your claim process will be as smooth as possible.
Data source: NFPA