We’ve all heard of the health risks of smoking. It destroys your lungs and spikes your chances of getting lung cancer. Second hand smoke is awful as well, harming children and other citizens in public spaces. But did you know that smoking can actually cause many fire hazards as well? Those embers are hotter than you think.

Here are some rules you need to follow if you want to protect your family and home from fire dangers:

Smoke Outside

The best thing you can do to prevent house fires caused by cigarettes is to smoke outside. There are typically many more flammable objects inside the house than there are outside. Smoking outside also reduces (but does not eliminate) the amount of toxins seeping into the furniture, curtains, carpets, walls, laundry, and anything else it comes into contact with. It also reduces (but does not eliminate) the amount of second hand smoke that your children and household members inhale.

Put Cigarettes Out All The Way

Pay attention when putting out your cigarettes. The embers inside the cigarette are still hot even after you have put it out, so anything flammable that it touches can be ignited. Before throwing cigarette butts in the trash can, make sure to douse them with water so that you can be sure the embers will not ignite.

Use Deep and Sturdy Ashtrays

Ashtrays can tip over, and if the cigarettes are not put out all the way, they can light from the friction, potentially setting wherever it spilled on fire. Make sure your ashtray has a wide base and is placed on a sturdy surface. If you are outside, you can use a bucket or can of sand as an ashtray.

Keep Matches and Lighters in High Places

Make sure that all of the matches and lighters that you use are stored in places that are high and out of reach of children. The inconvenience might also help you curb your cravings as well.

Never Smoke In Bed

Smoking in bed is dangerous for so many reasons. You could fall asleep with a cigarette still lit. Bedding is typically very flammable, from the sheets to the blankets to the mattress itself. Bedrooms are typically located in a central location in the house as well, which poses a significant risk to the rest of the house as well. Don’t keep any tobacco in or near the bedroom, and stick to smoking outside the house (or not smoking at all).

Don’t Smoke If You Aren’t Alert

If you have just taken any medicines that make you drowsy or if you are under the influence of any other drugs (including alcohol), do not smoke. Smoking while you are not fully alert is dangerous because you are less likely to focus on the process of putting out your cigarette and disposing of it properly (in an ashtray or throwing it away after rinsing it with water). If you fall asleep or unconscious while holding a lit cigarette, you could burn yourself or start a fire. And if you do, you will be unable to adequately respond to the fire.

Medical Oxygen Will Explode

If you or a family member are using medical oxygen in the house, do not smoke near the home, ever. Any little spark or flame will cause the oxygen to explode.

Quit Smoking

Today is the Great American Smokeout. The safest way to prevent all safety, fire, and health fires caused by smoking is to quit. For more information visit Cancer.org.