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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Festive Season Fire Safety Alert

With Chinese New Year around the corner, SCDF would 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 below.

 

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 should be avoided as it would impede safe evacuation in the event of fire. 

 

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 [email protected].  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. 

 

GENERAL FIRE SAFETY TIPS DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON

FIRE SAFETY TIPS – RESIDENTIAL PREMISES

Discarded Items

1.          Do not leave unwanted furniture and items at common areas such as corridors, lift lobbies, void decks and staircases.

2.          Arrange with your Town Council or Management Office if you require assistance for the disposal of unwanted bulky items such as cupboards, sofas, etc. 

3.           If you notice discarded items at the common areas, please alert your local Town Council or Management Office.

Rubbish Chutes/Bins

1.         Completely extinguish lighted cigarettes before disposal into rubbish chutes/bins.

2.          Douse charcoal embers with water before disposal into rubbish chutes/bins.

3.          Avoid throwing flammable substances like paint, oil or kerosene into rubbish
chutes/bins.

Cooking

1.         Never leave cooking unattended as it can result in fires. Turn off the gas supply and cooking appliances whenever they are not in use.

2.         Petrol or kerosene should not be used to start a BBQ fire – they can flare up unexpectedly. Use fire-starters instead.

3.         Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies. Never leave the barbeque unattended.

4.         Charcoal should be doused with water when cooking is done. Smouldering charcoal and embers should not be thrown into rubbish chutes/bins which may lead to rubbish fires.

5.          Keep cooking appliances including the stove-top, cooker hoods and ovens clean and free of greases.  

    Electrical Appliances

    1.         Never overload electrical outlets with electrical appliances. Always unplug the appliances when they are not in use.

    2.         Do not run wires under carpets or mats – run them behind furniture instead. Keep wires away from hot surfaces.

    3.         Check the condition of wires regularly. Frayed or cracked cords should be replaced or repaired by licensed electricians.

    4.         Always switch off appliances when they are not in use.

    Housekeeping

    1.         Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children’s reach.

    2.         Store flammable substances in a safe place.

    3.         Do not place window curtains or any combustible materials near praying altars, stoves or lighted materials.

    4.         After parties or gatherings, check for smouldering cigarette butts around and under the sofa, chair cushions and carpets.

    5.           Lit candles should also be kept away from paper or cardboard decorations, foliage, curtains and furnishings. They should be placed in stable holders on heat-resistant surface so that they will not fall over. It is also not advisable to leave candles burning in a room unattended.

    Decorations and Lightings

    1.         Check decorative lighting fixtures before use and regularly afterwards. If there are wear and tear problems, such as blown bulbs and frayed wires, replace them with new ones immediately, using the service of licensed electricians for repairs if necessary.

    2.         Do not leave decorative lighting fixtures, including the lit Christmas tree, switched-on when leaving home or when going to bed. Indoor lighting fixtures should only be used indoors to avoid electric shocks and short circuits.

    3.         Use decorative lighting fixtures which carry the SAFETY Mark. Like other electrical appliances and accessories such as fans and adaptors, decorative lighting fixture is also a Controlled Goods under the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Registration Scheme, which is administered by SPRING Singapore.

    4.         Decorations made of light tissue paper or cardboard burn easily. Do not attach them to lights or other heat source, and always keep them away from candles.

    Preventing Children from Starting Fires

    1.         Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children’s reach.

    2.         Educate children on the dangers and hazards of fires.

    3.         Children playing with sparklers must be supervised by parents/adults.

    Handling Sparklers

    1.         Sparklers should be kept in a closed box and away from flames.

    2.         When being used, it should be lit at arms length and only one at a time. Children playing with sparklers must be supervised by parents/adults.

    3.         Lighted sparklers should never be thrown at combustible materials.

    4.         When a sparkler goes out, do not immediately touch the hot end for it could still burn. Ideally, put the hot end in a bucket of water to fully cool it down before disposing it safely.

    5.         Follow the safety instructions as stated by the manufacturer. These instructions are typically found on the box housing the sparkler.

     

    FIRE SAFETY TIPS – COMMERCIAL PREMISES

    1.         Escape passageways should be free of obstruction and fire exit doors should be kept unlocked for use during emergencies.

    2.         It is also important to observe other fire safety requirements, including the approved occupancy load for premises (to avoid overcrowding), so as to enhance fire safety standards in buildings.

    3.         If you are in any public premises, ensure that you look out for the nearest exit door or staircase, in the event that you need to evacuate during an emergency.

    FIRE SAFETY TIPS - ON-LINE

    1. The following websites provide fire safety tips:

    a. http://www.nfec.gov.sg

    b. http://www.scdf.gov.sg

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    Last updated on 29th Jan 2014