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Be alert to fire hazards when smoking

Be alert to fire hazards when smoking cigarettes or using vaping devices.

Improper use of cigarettes and vaping devices can cause a fire. Avoid risks by following these tips.

Make sure you have enough smoke detectors in all the right places.

Keep a portable fire extinguisher on hand and learn how to use it.


When smoking, use a deep ashtray with a wide lip and place it on a stable surface.

Always store lighters, matches, and other smoking items out of reach of children.

Never smoke in bed or in a position where you might fall asleep. Preferably, smoke outside your home.

Never leave a lit cigarette unattended.

Never empty the contents of an ashtray directly into a garbage can. Empty it first into a metal container while the ash cools.

Never smoke in a room with flammable products, oxygen cylinders, or aerosol cans (e.g. hair spray).

Never throw your cigarette butts into a garden, flowerpot, mulch, or soil. Install an ashtray outside to put out your butts or those of your guests.

Avoid smoking while under the influence of alcohol or medication.

Vaping devices (electronic cigarettes)

Vaping devices also carry certain fire hazards if not used properly.

Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

Never leave your electronic cigarette unattended when recharging it. Avoid recharging while you are sleeping. An overcharged battery can explode and cause a fire.

Use only the accessories provided by the manufacturer (charger, USB cable, etc.).

Avoid vaping when there is an oxygen cylinder nearby (oxygen therapy).

If you keep your electronic cigarette in your pocket, always put it in the protective case. If the battery comes into contact with metallic items such as coins, it can create a spark.

Last update: June 8, 2023


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