Updated: Thursday, 21st March 2019 @ 4:15pm

No Smoking Day: GMFRS issue warning about the many dangers of carelessly chucked cigarettes

No Smoking Day: GMFRS issue warning about the many dangers of carelessly chucked cigarettes

| By Maddie Stepanova

To mark No Smoking Day Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning regarding carelessly discarded cigarettes. 

This March 13 GMFRS are informing the people of Manchester to make sure that any cigarette is completely out before chucking it away.

Firefighters across Manchester have attended 752 fires caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials since April 2014. 

Manchester fire crews have been called to smoking related fires more than any other borough (202 times), with Bolton (84) and Salford (78) the top areas with 162 smoking related fires between them.

Bury has the fewest with 42, followed by Trafford with 44.

In one incident someone who had been drinking fell asleep while smoking in bed, causing the flat to set on fire. 

Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Policing, Crime, Justice and Fire said: “Our firefighters do an incredible job keeping everyone across Greater Manchester safe, at all times of day and night throughout the year.

“We can also help them to do this by making sure any smoking materials are put out completely after use.”

Another careless incident that took place in February was caused by a cigarette falling onto a balcony on the fourth floor that caused a fire. If the flat had been left unchecked it could have developed and spread throughout the building. 

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, added: “If you smoke, please make sure you put your smoking materials completely out.