Did You Know...
In the US during 2012-2016:
- An estimated per year average of 5% of reported home fires were started by smoking materials.
- 18% of home fires started by smoking on an exterior balcony or open porch.
- 43% of deaths were caused by fires that started in the living room.
- 34% One-third (34%) were caused by fires that began in the bedroom.
- Smoking while on oxygen increases the risk of fire.
- The air we breathe every day contains about 21% oxygen, air delivered to people using an oxygen concentrator contains nearly 100% oxygen, making it extremely flammable.
Top Safety Tips
- Smoke outside and extinguish cigarettes in water or sand.
- Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away.
- Hot cigarettes or ashes should never be tossed into a trash can.
- Never smoke if you are tired, have had alcohol or have taken medicine or drugs that make you sleepy.
- When using ashtrays, make sure they are deep and sturdy and that they are placed on something that is hard to ignite, such as a table.
- Keep smoking materials away from things that can burn, such as sofas, chairs, beds, or clothing.
- Never smoke in a house where oxygen is in use or near an oxygen source, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and cause a fire to burn hotter and faster.
- Cigarettes thrown from car windows, can cause wildland fires that endanger people, homes, and animals.
Dangers of Smoking While Using an Oxygen Tank
Smoking Safety Resources
This page was last modified on 11/29/2021