Fire Prevention Week tip #4: Candles and smoking

Leading causes of fires in residential housing are from open flames and careless smoking. Both the burning of candles and smoking are prohibited in university buildings.

Use battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell, and feel like real candles.

Always use a flashlight—not a candle—for emergency lighting.

To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You will not be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy, or have consumed alcohol.

If you smoke, smoke outside. Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Put them out in water or sand.

Do not throw cigarettes into vegetation, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, and other similar items—they can easily catch fire.