Fire department warns about ashtrays catching fire
Fredericton department issues warning after several significant fires result from cup ashtrays
The ashtrays are made of a type of plastic and look like a cup, but with a hole in the top through which cigarette butts can be dropped.
"Recently we have had several fires involving these cup holder ashtrays," cautions the department on its Facebook page.
"They are sold as a type of fire resistance plastic, however if not properly emptied and a water level maintained in the bottom they can ignite.
"We recommend a sturdy glass or ceramic type ashtray be used at all times."