55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
In 2009, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) responded to 1,663 fires that were determined by PF&R investigators to be accidental, or more accurately ‘preventable’. According to PF&R investigators, top causes include:
The focus of this blog is on improperly discarded smoking materials. Improperly discarded smoking materials (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) is one of the leading causes of fire in the U.S. and contributes to millions of dollars in property damage each year, injuries, residents being displaced, and sometimes death.
Fires caused by smoking materials often smolder, sometimes for hours before the first flame. The most common materials to first ignite are mattresses and bedding, followed by trash and upholstered furniture. Users should always be careful when disposing of cigarette butts and other smoking materials and use appropriate containers such as ashtrays or other non-combustible receptacles.
Smoking Safety Tips
It is important to note that outside fires involving discarded smoking materials are also dangerous and a single discarded cigarette can lead to a large wildfire.
Remember, YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!
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July 7, 2010