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No ifs, no butts, no BBQS on balconies

27/07/2020

You can help keep where you live clean and safe by binning your cigarette butts and never using barbecues on balconies or in communal areas.

Discarded cigarette butts create litter and are bad for the environment, but did you know there have been 5 fires on Poplar HARCA estates, this year alone, with cigarettes as the likely cause?

Using a barbecue on a balcony or in a communal area is an equally serious fire risk. Loose embers and barbecues which have not been disposed of properly can start fires which destroy homes and tragically cause fatalities. Balcony fires can easily spread to neighbouring properties due to the construction materials used and because of the close proximity between flats. You can read more about balcony fires from the London Fire Brigade.

Keep you, your loved ones and your neighbours safe by following these fire safety tips:

  • When at home, put a drop of water in your ashtray and stub your cigarette out
  • Never throw cigarette butts from balconies
  • Never smoke in communal areas, if you live in a flat
  • Get help to quit smoking through NHS Smoke Free or call 0300 123 1044
  • Still enjoy barbecue food and eating outside but cook on an electric grill or griddle pan inside your home