Firefighters issue important smoking warning after a lucky Easter weekend escape


Release date: 18 April 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to be cautious while smoking after a waste paper bin caught light at a property in Littlehampton over the bank holiday weekend.

Two crews from Littlehampton fire station were called to a property on Solway Close in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning when owners were alerted to a fire thanks to their working smoke alarms. A waste paper bin had caught light after a cigarette, which had not been properly stubbed out, was thrown away before the owners went to bed.

Thankfully the owners were woken by their working smoke alarms and were able to make a successful escape and call the fire service.

WSFRS Intervention & Prevention Deputy Manager, Adrian Carter, commented: “Last week we issued advice on the dangers of fires caused by smoking materials, as they are the most dangerous form of home fire. This incident is a timely example of the reasons we remind our residents to take extra care if they smoke. This was a very lucky escape made possible by working smoke alarms in the property; we urge everyone, whether you smoke or not, to fit and test your alarms regularly to ensure your home is protected.”

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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.

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