A fire broke out in a HDB flat at Woodlands Crescent on 10 June 2014. Preliminary findings suggest that the fire is accidental and may have started from an electrical origin in the study room.
The number of electrical fires in residential premises in 2013 increased by 10 cases (5.2%) as compared to 2012. Majority of the electrical fires were usually caused by electrical appliances/machineries that short-circuited or sockets that were overloaded with electrical wirings and appliances.
Electrical fires in residential and commercial premises
Jan - Dec 2012
Jan - Dec 2013
Electrical Fire Safety Advisory
Fire Safety Advisories to Prevent Electrical Fires:
a) Never overload electrical outlets with electrical appliances;
b) Always switch off appliances when they are not in use;
c) Check the condition of wires regularly. Frayed wires or cracked cords should be replaced or repaired immediately;
d) Do not run wires under carpets or mats and keep wires away from hot surfaces; and
Use electrical plugs which carry the SAFETY Mark.