Cigarette in an ashtray
Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal
If you are a smoker, the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal wishes to inform you about a few precautions to take in order to limit the risk of fire.

While the number of smokers continues to decrease, smokers’ supplies are still at the origin of many building fires in Quebec.

Be careful!

  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Never leave a burning cigarette unattended. 
  • Don't place an ashtray on an unstable surface.
  • Never empty ashtrays into a trash can.
  • Never smoke in a place where there are flammable products.
  • Never smoke in the presence of flammable products contained in aerosol cans (e.g., hair sprays), oxygen cylinders, and so on.

No cigarette butts in pots!

Never put out a cigarette in a flower container, pot or basket, or in black earth, mulch or any other similar materials. These materials are composed of peat, moss and combustible chips, and they also contain chemical fertilizers. All constitute potential sources of fire when they come into contact with a heat source. A period of up to four or five hours may elapse between the time that a cigarette is crushed and the appearance of the first flame.

When extinguishing a cigarette outdoors, we highly recommend that you use an ashtray suited to outdoor risks, such as wind. At home, use a tin with good depth filled with damp sand, and place the tin on a fire-resistant surface.

Use caution!

  • Use an ashtray with a wide brim.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach and sight of children. 
  • Teach children about the dangers of fire.
  • Ask kids to tell an adult if they find lighters or matches. 
  • Be on the lookout for unsafe fire behaviour from your kids.