Studies by the U.S Fire Administration show that more than half of alcohol-impaired fire deaths result from fires caused by careless smoking. In Minnesota, careless smoking results in over 30% of all residential fire related deaths. It is important to be aware of the dangerous combination of alcohol and tobacco.
Establish, follow and enforce a set of rules that will protect the residents of your household. Examples of this are: Dispose of smoking items appropriately, don’t smoke indoors, never smoke or allow anyone to smoke in bed, and don’t use alcohol while using fire. Alcohol can impair our ability to make good decisions.
If you have questions concerning smoking, alcohol and fire, you can visit the website www.fire.state.mn.us or contact the Burnsville Fire Department at 952-895-4570.