Fire Dangers from Cigarettes
Cigarettes are the number one cause of house fire deaths in the United States. In 2005, there were 800 deaths and 1,660 injuries from fires caused by burning cigarettes. Cigarette fires in the home usually occur after a cigarette falls from an ashtray onto a piece of furniture, which later catches fire. Often the victims of these fires die from smoke inhalation rather than from the fire itself, and many of the victims are small children who are unaware of proper fire evacuation procedures.
To prevent fires, remember to exercise caution when extinguishing your cigarettes.
- If you smoke in your home, make sure to fully extinguish your cigarette in an ashtray. Never leave a lit cigarette on a table or another piece of furniture, and keep ashtrays away from carpet, curtains, and upholstered furniture.
- Never throw cigarettes out the window of your car or off the side of a porch. You could cause a ditch or yard on fire.
- If you throw your cigarette butt on the ground, make sure to fully extinguish it with your foot on concrete or in dirt. Never throw a cigarette butt into grass, and never leave a butt on any surface without making sure it is fully extinguished.
- Make use of cigarette disposal containers outside of commercial buildings.
No one should have to suffer the consequences of a fire because of the negligence of a cigarette smoker. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a lit cigarette, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation.