Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. These fires caused 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in direct property damage. Smoking materials caused 5% of reported home fires, 21% of home fire deaths, 10% of home fire injuries, and 6% of the direct property damage from home fires.*
The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, coordinated by NFPA, was a group of organizations who shared the goal of getting cigarette manufacturers to produce only cigarettes that adhere to an established safety performance standard. As of March 2010, all 50 U.S. states passed such legislation and the coalition achieved its goal.
NFPA's Lisa Braxton has a few safety tips to keep in mind if you're a smoker.
Smoking safety messages in American Sign Language
In this presentation, safety tips are provided for the precautions that should be taken by people who smoke, where to smoke safely, and how to properly dispose of cigarettes.
*Source: NFPA’s "Latest Estimates of Home Fires Started by Smoking Materials - 2014"