Cigarettes are the most common cause of house fires. If you’re smoking at home or you’ve popped out for a cigarette at work, it’s important to follow health and safety measures to prevent injuries and accidents at work. If you smoke, you should be wary of the risks involved and take steps to dispose of your cigarette safely.
How to dispose of your cigarette safely
If you’re a smoker, it’s essential to learn how to dispose of your cigarette safely. If you just chuck it away or you leave it lying around, there’s a serious risk of danger. If you are smoking, always make sure that you stub your cigarette out in an ashtray.
Never throw cigarettes out of the window, onto the street or into grass verges. Make sure you use an ashtray, which is made from inflammable materials.
Tips to prevent fires caused by cigarettes
Sometimes, accidents are inevitable, but in the case of cigarette fires, almost all could be prevented. If you dispose of your cigarette safely and smoke in the right places, you will reduce your risk of being injured in a fire dramatically.
Aside from safe disposal of your cigarette, you can also reduce your risk of work accidents and injuries at home by following these tips:
- Make sure the ash and butts are dry before placing them in a bin
- Don’t smoke in a confined space
- Avoid smoking around soft furnishings or textiles
- Don’t smoke in bed
- Keep matches, lighters and cigarettes out of the reach of children
- Keep a fire blanket at home
I’ve been injured at work, can I claim compensation?
Work accident compensation is awarded to people who have been injured at work through no fault of their own. In order to claim work injury compensation, you must be able to prove that your injuries resulted from negligence on somebody else’s part.
If you had a slip or trip on a wet floor which wasn’t marked, or you suffered injuries as a result of using defective safety equipment, your employer should claim liability.
In cases where you were at fault for the incident, you would not be able to claim compensation for work injuries.
If you think you may have a viable claim for a work-related injury, call Accident Advice Helpline for advice. We have a team of friendly advisors waiting to take your call on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice