The Fiery Bird

Ah-ha Moment

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Fiery bird A cigarette discarded without being extinguished started a rooftop fire in London, England, March 6, 2014. Investigators believe a bird picked up the lit cigarette and later dropped it on the roof, which had not been accessed by humans for several years.

Matt Cullen, investigator for the London Fire Brigade, found a partially burnt bird nest to solve the case. Cullen says the incident is a great example of why it is important to put your cigarettes out fully.

“You never know what might become of your smoldering butts! Luckily for the residents,” writes Cullen, “their neighbors saw the smoke and raised the alarm, so fire crews could get in quickly and bring it under control.”

Problem solving requires that remote possibilities are considered. Will people follow the policies and procedures? If not, what are potential ramifications? Finally, what can be done in the event of someone’s “smoldering butt”?