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NYFRS Supports National No Smoking Day

10th March 2009

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Wednesday’s (11th March) National No Smoking Day and encouraging people to give up smoking.

Most people know the long term damage smoking can do to their health and why it makes sense to give up.  What people might not know is that smoking can kill you very quickly. More fires in which people are killed are caused by carelessness with smoking materials, than any other single cause.

Each year over 1,700 people are either killed or injured by fires caused by smoking at home.  Around a third of these fires occur between 10pm and 3am when people have gone to bed, or come in from a night out. For these reasons North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service fully supports No Smoking Day on 11th March 2009.

If you do smoke:

  • Make sure you have completely extinguished smoking materials before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Don’t empty ashtrays into bins; place them in a metal container and preferably outside.
  • If you are tired or have consumed alcohol and are alone in a room, don’t smoke.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - a working smoke alarm can save your life.
  • Remember: Put it out. Right out!

The Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Risk Checks, where staff will fit smoke alarms and give advice on fire safety.
For more information, visit www.northyorksfire.gov.uk or call the Fire Safety Hotline on 01609 788545.

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