July 12, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

PSA highlights dangers of careless smoking

In the last five years, nearly 250 Springfield residential fires have been attributed to careless smoking. That's nearly 20 percent of all residential fires occurring in that same time period, and 10 times the national average for careless smoking fires. Those fires accounted for $5 million in damage and dozens of residents displaced from their homes. Additionally, in the last 10 years, 14 people in Springfield have lost their lives as a result of careless smoking.

A new public service announcement sponsored by the Springfield Fire Department (available at http://cityview.springfieldmo.gov/media/watch-your-butt) encourages smokers to prevent careless smoking fires by disposing of cigarettes properly.

Cigarettes should never be thrown out of a car window or extinguished in a makeshift ashtray such as Tupperware or a potted plant. Smokers should never smoke in bed or while drowsy.

Other tips include:

Remember: if you smoke, put it out. All the way. Every time.

For more information or a copy of the PSA, contact: Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Restelli Erwin, (417) 864-1699 or cerwin@springfieldmo.gov.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire