Discarded Smoking Materials Cause House Fire

Units responded to a house fire Tuesday, August 18, 2016, at approximately 5:05 p.m., in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 13469 Gray Valley Court.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive exterior fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire on the deck. A neighbor saw fire coming from the deck and alerted the occupant of the fire by knocking on the front door. No one was displaced. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $1,250.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials in a planter on the deck caused the fire.

Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips

Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.

  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.