With the year end fast approaching, the SCDF would like to extend its season’s greetings to everyone and would also like to remind everyone to exercise caution to minimise fire hazards and prevent the outbreaks of fire during the joyous occasion. Some useful fire safety tips are listed in the appended Annex A.
As the number of patrons and customers are usually higher during the festive season, we would also like to remind owners and management of public buildings and places of recreation/entertainment including hotels and shopping centres to ensure compliance to all fire safety requirements. Escape passageways should be free of obstruction and fire exit doors should be kept accessible for use during emergencies. Overcrowding in public premises especially in entertainment outlets, such as discotheques and pubs, should be avoided as it would impede safe evacuation in the event of fire.
SCDF will be stepping up inspections and conducting an enforcement blitz at commercial buildings to check on fire safety violations. SCDF takes a serious view against offenders flouting fire safety requirements. Under the Fire Safety Act, violators may be subjected to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or both. Major offences like commencement of fire safety works without plan approval carries a fine of up to $200,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 24 months, or both.
We would like to urge members of the public who spot fire hazards to report them to SCDF. They can do so by calling our fire hazard reporting line at 1800-280-0000 or email us at SCDF_Fire_Safety_Feedback@scdf.gov.sg. In addition to these reporting channels, mySCDF application for smartphones is also currently available for download on Apple and Android App stores. Members of the public who encountered fire hazards can submit photos and a brief description of the hazards to the SCDF via the mySCDF application.
Fire safety is a collective community responsibility and together we can help to reduce fire occurrences in Singapore.