Candle Safety & Careless Smoking

Many things in your home can catch on fire if they touch a flame or something hot like a dropped cigarette. Proper use of candles, matches, lighters and smoking materials can lessen the risk of fire hazards.  

Pick a safe place 

  • Never use candles in your bedroom or bathroom. 
  • Keep pets and children away from lit candles. 

Candle Safety 

  • Always blow candles out before you leave a room, not just when you are leaving your unit. 
  • A good way to make sure candles are fully out, is to wet the wicks. 
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles. 

Make some room 

  • Candles should be in a sturdy, safe candle holder that will not burn or tip over. 
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches (30 cm) away from anything that can burn. This includes flammable decorations or displays, furniture, and more. 

Keep up and away 

  • Teach children that matches and lighters are not toys. Let them know that if they find smoking materials, they should give them to an adult right away. 
  • At home, keep cigarettes, lighters, matches and cigarettes out of reach of children and locked away. 

Smoking Safety 

  • Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. We feel safest at home, but home is where most smoking-related fires, deaths and injuries occur. A dropped cigarette can smolder for hours before bursting into flames. 
  • Prevent fires caused by careless smoking 
  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes, and always smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, dens or bedrooms. 
  • Never throw cigarette butts from a balcony. Fires on balconies are much more dangerous than those inside the building. 
  • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy, intoxicated or medicated. 
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet. 
  • Make sure lighters have child-resistant safety features. 
  • Teach young children that lighters and matches are not toys, and not to touch them. 
  • Never allow anyone to smoke if there is medical oxygen being used. 

Put it out 

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn. 
  • Don't let ashtrays become so full that hot ashes might spill over the side. 
  • Soak butts and ashes with water before throwing them in the garbage. 
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily. 


  • Myths about E-cigarettes not being a fire hazard are false. 
  • Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used, the battery was being charged or the device was being transported. 
  • Battery failures have led to small explosions. 
  • Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended.