General precautions you can take to avoid fire

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  • Don’t leave children alone with matches, lighters or candles.
    Consider buying child resistant matchboxes or lighters.
  • Make sure you put candles in a secure proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains.
  • Put candles out when you leave a room and use a snuffer or a spoon – this is safer then blowing them out which can cause sparks to fly.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Use a proper ashtray – never a waste paper basket.
  • Make sure your ashtray cannot tip over and that it will not burn.  Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around.
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully.
  • Don’t put ashtrays on sofas or chairs.
  • Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs or if you’ve been drinking.  You might fall asleep and set your bed or sofa on fire.