Fire accidents at home can be prevented if we choose to adopt simple fire prevention practices as a good habit.
FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
For Rooms: - Avoid over-charging mobile devices, Power Assisted Bicycles (PABs) and Personal Mobility Devices(PMDs); and especially charging them overnight - Avoid charging items on or near combustible materials, i.e. bed, sofa, curtains, newspapers - Never leave irons unattended when in use.
For Kitchen: - Never leave cooking unattended - Never leave combustible materials near cooking areas or any heat source.
For Smokers: - Avoid smoking in bed. Better still, smoke out of the home and at residential designated smoking areas - Extinguish lighted materials like matches and cigarette butts completely before disposal - For HDB home owners, avoid disposing cigarette butts down the garbage chute. This is to prevent rubbish chute fires
On Children: - Keep away fire starter items like matches and lighters from children - Educate them about the dangers of fire,
Safety advice on electrical items: - Discard all faulty electrical appliances with exposed wiring or insulators - Avoid overloading a single electrical outlet with many power plugs. Use trusted extension sockets with a safety mark - Never make unauthorised electrical extensions and points. Always let a licensed contractor to do so
Safety advice on gas: - Never make unauthorised connections of gas. Always let a licensed contractor to do so
Safety advice on common corridors. staircases and dry/ wet riser compartments - Always keep common corridors, staircases and its landing free from obstruction or combustible materials. Allow a minimum clear escape passage of 1.2 metres - Blocking passageway that obstructs smooth evacuation during a fire can endanger lives and lives can be lost - Be considerate.Never store any personal items within the dry/ wet riser and hosereel compartments - Read Advice from SCDF
Additional advice: - Consider investing in a 2KG portable dry powder fire extinguisher for the home. Small and manageable fires that do not pose high personal risk can be extinguished; before it gets to an uncontrollable destructive stage. - Consider installing a Home Fire Alarm Device (HFAD), an automatic smoke detector which provides early warning of a fire, by sounding an alarm to alert the occupants.
FIRE PREVENTION & SAFETY TIPs
FIRE SAFETY FOR HOMES
HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER 1
HOW TO USE A HOSE REEL
HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER 2
CREDIT: CONSUMER REPORTS
TYPES OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS & USAGES
Preventing home destruction and loss of lives from a fire is a shared community responsibility. Do not let yourself and others become a victim. Protect your homes and loved ones starting today.
USEFUL CONTACTS FOR FIRE INCIDENTS:
SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE (SCDF):
A minute can make a difference between life and death. Call the right number - so as persons facing serious, life-threatening situations are not deprived of an emergency ambulance service.
FOR FIRE / EMERGENCIES / LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS: CALL: 995 Examples of emergencies: fire incident, cardiac arrest, active seizures, breathlessness, major traumas and stroke.
NON-EMERGENCIES: CALL: 1777 Examples of non emergencies: toothaches, diarrhoea, coughs and headaches.