"People should remember to be prudent when disposing their cigarettes," said Glen Oxford, claims manager for The Co-operators. "You might think you are safely extinguishing it in dirt and not realize the soil is actually flammable. The reality is that homes have burned to the ground because of careless cigarette disposal."
In light of this, The Co-operators offers the following tips to reduce potted planter fires:
- Do not use potted plants as an ashtray. - Provide an appropriate ashtray/smoker's receptacle wherever people are smoking. - Always keep potted plants well watered and maintained. - Do not keep potted plants near combustible materials. - Unused potting soil should be spread in your yard or garden. - Use clay planter pots whenever possible, as they may keep potting soil fires better contained.
Due to smoking by-laws and changes in habits, more smokers are lighting up outside than in the past and when ashtrays are not available, smokers often use outdoor pots to extinguish their cigarettes. A preventative measure to reduce the risk of potting soil fires is to make ashtrays more readily accessible for outdoor smokers.
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a 100 per cent Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $36.9 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies, it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products.
The Co-operators is owned by 47 Canadian co-operatives, credit union centrals and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its community involvement, and is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada.