Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Festive Season Fire Safety Advisory for Hari Raya 2015
With Hari Raya Puasa around the corner, the SCDF would like to remind everyone to exercise caution to minimise fire hazards and prevent the outbreaks of fire during the joyous occasion. When preparing for the festive season, bearing in mind simple fire safety tips can help prevent fires.
Residents are advised not to discard items at common areas such as corridors, lift lobbies and void decks. They should arrange with Town Councils or Management Office for the removal of unwanted bulky items. Residents should also continue to play their part to prevent rubbish fires. Lighted materials such as cigarette butts must be completely extinguished and burning embers must be doused with water before disposal into rubbish chutes/ or bins.
The SCDF will also broadcast short announcements on fire safety advisory to all our Muslim radio listeners via Warna 94.2FM and Ria 89.7FM from 15 July 2015 onwards during this period.
Some useful fire safety tips for residential premises are listed in Annex A. Fire safety is a collective community responsibility and together we can help to reduce fire occurrences in Singapore.
SCDF would like to wish all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and let’s remain safe during this joyous festive season.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON
FIRE SAFETY TIPS – RESIDENTIAL PREMISES
- Do not leave unwanted furniture and items at common areas such as corridors, lift lobbies, void decks and staircases.
- Arrange with your Town Council or Management Office if you require assistance for the disposal of unwanted bulky items such as cupboards, sofas, etc.
- If you notice discarded items at the common areas, please alert your local Town Council or Management Office.
- Completely extinguish lighted materials e.g. cigarettes and sparklers before disposal into rubbish chutes/bins.
- Douse charcoal embers with water before disposal into rubbish chutes/bins.
- Avoid throwing flammable substances like paint, oil or kerosene into rubbish
- Never leave cooking unattended as it can result in fires; turn off the gas supply and cooking appliances whenever they are not in use.
- Petrol or kerosene should not be used to start a BBQ fire – they can flare up unexpectedly; use fire-starters instead.
- Charcoal should be doused with water when cooking is done.
- Keep cooking appliances including the stove-top, cooker hoods and ovens clean and free of greases.
- Keep flammable liquids (e.g. cooking oil and wine) and combustible materials away from heat sources such as the stove.
- Keep LPG cylinders in a well-ventilated area.
- Never overload electrical outlets with electrical appliances.
- Always switch off appliances when they are not in use.
- Check the condition of wires regularly. Frayed wires or cracked cords should be replaced or repaired by licensed electricians.
- Do not run wires under carpets or mats and keep them away from hot surfaces.
- Use electrical plugs which carry the SAFETY Mark
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children’s reach.
- Store flammable substances in a safe place.
- Do not place window curtains or any combustible materials near praying altars, stoves or lighted materials.
- After parties or gatherings, check for smouldering cigarette butts around and under the sofa, chair cushions and carpets.
- Lit candles should also be kept away from paper, curtains and furnishings. They should be placed in stable holders on heat-resistant surface. It is also not advisable to leave candles burning in a room unattended.
Decorations and Lightings
- Check the decorative lighting fixtures before use. Blown bulbs and frayed wires should be replaced using the service of licensed electricians for repairs, if necessary.
- Do not leave decorative lighting fixtures switched-on when leaving home or when going to bed. Indoor lighting fixtures should not be used in outdoor area to avoid electric shocks and short circuits.
- Use decorative lighting fixtures which carry the SAFETY Mark. Similar to electrical appliances such as fans, decorative lighting fixture is also a Controlled Good under the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Registration Scheme, which is administered by SPRING Singapore.
- 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.
- Sparklers should be kept in a closed box and away from flames.
- When being used, it should be lit at arm’s length and only one at a time. Children playing with sparklers must be supervised by parents/adults.
- Lighted sparklers should never be thrown at combustible materials.
- When a sparkler goes out, do not immediately touch the hot end for it could still burn; put the hot end in a bucket of water to fully cool it down before disposing it safely.
- Follow the safety instructions as stated by the manufacturer. These instructions are typically found on the box housing the sparkler.
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Last updated on 23rd Jul 2015