West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is urging people to be vigilant while smoking following another incident caused by cigarettes.
This month is smoking safety month, a focus that is very important as smoking related fires are the most dangerous nationally. This importance has been reinforced after crews responded to the second fire in two weeks in which smoking was the cause.
Firefighters were called to a home in Crawley this week after bedding caught light. Smoking in bed is extremely dangerous as there is a higher risk of falling asleep and dropping a still lit cigarette.
Preventing the number of fires started by smoking is a key priority for WSFRS and crews from Burgess Hill are running a dedicated event at The Brow Medical Centre, Burgess Hill, tomorrow (Tuesday 25th) 10:00-12:30.
Nicki Peddle, WSFRS Intervention and Prevention Manager, added: “As a fire service we offer certain West Sussex residents Safe & Well Visits, these visits aim to provide guidance and advice on how to stay safe from fire. People with limited mobility are especially vulnerable when it comes to home fires, so if you care for a smoker living with a disability, or any form of mobility issue, we would urge you to get in touch to request a Safe & Well Visit. It could save a life.”
Although it is challenging, the most effective way to keep your home safe from smoking is to quit. To see a list of local GP surgeries and pharmacies offering support to stop smoking, visit the Wellbeing website.
To request a Safe & Well Visit please visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service/home-safety-advice/home-safety-visit/.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.