Smokers urged to quit after last week’s Walworth fire

Smokers are being urged by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) to be careful with their cigarettes or give up altogether after a fire in Walworth last week.

A small pile of rubbish on the tenth floor of a building on Thurlow Street caught fire in the early hours of Saturday, October 29, likely due to “unsafe disposal of smoking materials”.

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Five fire engines and 35 firefighters from Old Kent Road, Peckham, Dockhead, Lambeth and Dowgate fire stations were deployed, bringing the blaze under control by 3.25am.

While LFB supports #Stoptober, the 28-day quit smoking challenge, a spokesperson said: “It’s incredibly hard to quit smoking, but we’re supporting #Stoptober because research proves that if you quit for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to quit for good. Quitting smoking can not only prevent fires, but the health benefits are countless.

“As the weather gets colder, more and more people may be tempted to smoke indoors. But as we have seen in recent incidents we have witnessed; this increases the risk of fire. Throwing away cigarettes, without making sure they are completely extinguished first, endangers not only yourself, but also your family, friends and neighbors. Giving up this habit is a surefire way to lessen the risk of fire.

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Smoking safety tips for firefighters:

  • Use proper ashtrays, which cannot tip over and crush cigarettes properly.
  • Do not leave lit pipes or cigarettes unattended.
  • It is safer to smoke outside, but make sure cigarettes are taken out and disposed of properly.
  • Do not balance cigars or cigarettes on the edge of an ashtray, or anything else – they can tip over and fall while burning and cause a fire.
  • Take extra care when you are tired, taking prescription medications or have drunk alcohol.
  • Always empty ashtrays carefully. Make sure smoking materials are out, cold and preferably wet before throwing them in a trash can – never use a wastebasket.

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