Cigarette warning after balcony in Croydon goes up in flames – South London News

Cigarette warning after balcony in Croydon goes up in flames – South London News

Firefighters have issued a reminder of their smoking safety advice following a flat fire in Croydon last night.

A second-floor balcony in Milton Road was destroyed by fire. There were no reports of any injuries.

The brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We’d rather you didn’t smoke at all, but if you are a smoker, it’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it.

“If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.

“If you’re smoking on your balcony, you should never throw your cigarette over the side. It could easily catch light to possessions on a balcony below or next to yours.”

The brigade was called at around 1.30am and the fire was under control by 2.20am. Firefighters from Croydon, Woodside, Norbury and West Norwood stations attended the scene.

Smokers are advised to make sure smoke alarms are fitted in every room regularly used in the home, including the hallways.

Other vital tips include never smoking in bed, always ensuring you stub out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully.

Matches and lighters should always be kept out of children’s reach, and lit cigarettes or cigars should never be left unattended.

Empty ashtrays carefully, ensuring all smoking materials are stubbed out and cold. If you must smoke, do it outdoors, but make sure to dispose of cigarettes properly.

Picture: LFB

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