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Don't Flick That Cigarette

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

Wildfires in other parts of the country have shown just how quickly a blaze can spread when there are dry conditions. And those conditions are exactly what we're now seeing here at home.

But did you know there are certain plants and parts of our gardens that are more flammable than others…and when conditions are this dry, a cigarette flicked just about anywhere can spell big trouble.

David Dick with the Department of Agriculture says, “With as dry as it's been, even the so called live grass can go dormant and become flammable too.”

And the side of the road isn't the only problem...something you might not think about is mulch catching on fire.

Before Mary Tignor moved to Charleston, she lived in an apartment building that caught fire because a cigarette was thrown from a balcony and landed in mulch.

Tignor says, “By the time people realized what had happened, there was a big fire and there was smoke and flames all the way up the side of the building – it had damaged and melted the siding.”

The fire department says the best way to prevent these kinds of fires is simply not to throw your cigarettes or matches on the ground. They say often these fires can take hours to ignite, so you would probably never know the damage you've left behind.


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