Smokers warned to butt out

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

Since the beginning of December, there has been at least 320 grass, scrub and rubbish fires caused by discarded cigarette butts.

DFES fire investigation and analysis unit manager Gary Baxter said smokers were threatening community safety by not thinking about the bushfire risk posed by cigarettes.

‘Cigarettes are on fire, so when you toss it away into the bush or mulch while taking a walk or sitting in your car at traffic lights, you are effectively holding a match to the bush,’ he said.

‘No matter what time of the year or weather conditions, always put your cigarettes out properly and make sure it is extinguished.

‘While this may be the last thing on your mind, small careless actions like flicking your butt can cause major bushfires.’

The careless disposal of cigarette butts can attract fines of up to $500.

Visit www.kabc.wa. gov.au to report an offence or for more information.