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Fire chief urges smokers and drinkers to quit for safety

PUBLISHED: 16:35 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

QUITTING booze and fags could save lives in a less obvious way, suggest figures released by the fire service. The London Fire Brigade s latest statistics show that almost one third of fatal fires in the capital are alcohol related. And more than one in

QUITTING booze and fags could save lives in a less obvious way, suggest figures released by the fire service.

The London Fire Brigade's latest statistics show that almost one third of fatal fires in the capital are

alcohol related.

And more than one in three fatal house fires are started by cigarettes or other smoking materials.

Brigade Borough Commander for Bexley, Cyril O'Brien, said: "Those who drink heavily or smoke are at greater risk of having a serious house fire.

"Health reasons aside, what better excuse do you have to stop smoking and cut back on alcohol?

"It could dramatically reduce the chance of you being injured or even killed in a house fire".

The fire chief added: "When people are intoxicated, they are more likely to take risks, their responses become slower and they fall asleep easily - a lethal combination which can be deadly if a fire starts".

The most common causes of fires involving alcohol include cigarettes not being put out properly and candles or cooking being left unattended after people have fallen asleep.

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