Careless smoking practices remain the leading cause of accidental residential fires, a hot topic across the country during national Fire Prevention Week, October 6–13. Arnot Health encourages local homeowners and landlords to adopt smoke-free policies on their properties to reduce the risk of fire and prevent the loss of life.
Data from the United States Fire Administration shows that smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths in the U.S. According to the National Fire Protection agency, approximately 1,000 people die every year from smoking-related fires.
In light of the fact that one third of apartment fires result from smoking materials, landlords are also encouraged to adopt smoke-free policies for multi-unit buildings.
According to Amanda Domineske, Tobacco Cessation Center Coordinator, “As we celebrate Fire Prevention Week, it is a perfect time to consider putting safer smoking practices and policies in place that protect our families and tenants from becoming an unfortunate statistic. Of course the best way to avoid serious injury or death in a smoking-related fire is to quit smoking completely.”
The Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health offers smokers support classes and referrals for additional encouragement, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), and educational information for patients and professionals, provider teaching and training. Smokers can also call the New York State Quitline at 866–NY–QUITS or contact the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health at 607-737-4463.