“It won’t happen to me.” Some called it the safety myth while others termed it the “optimism bias” where one believes that we are excluded from potential negative effects, and disregard the reality of an overall situation. This mind-set has certainly settled in the majority of Singapore residents who believe that they are unlikely to encounter a fire in their homes, but is that really so? Then why is the Fire Code being implemented, with updated fire safety regulations for new homes to install smoke detectors as of this June?
In 2017, there were a total of 3,871 fire calls with 68.6% coming from residential premises. Of this figure, there were 60 fire injuries and 3 fire casualties. Although we have come a long way since the Bukit Ho Swee fire in 1961, it is important to acknowledge that accidents can happen when we least expected. Read on to find out what you can when a fire breaks out at/near home.
Note: Statistics featured in the infographics were taken from SCDF Fire, Ambulance, And Enforcement Statistics 2017.
In the event of a fire, the number one rule is to keep calm. Alert your neighbours and don’t forget to call 995. If you are staying in a super high-rise apartment or HDB flat, you should evacuate in an orderly manner to either a refuge floor or the safe ground. NEVER take the lift in the event of a fire, you should take the stairs instead.
For more information, refer to the Civil Defence Emergency Handbook.
Prevention is better than cure
In 2017, the main fire causes in residential areas were due to rubbish, unattended cooking and discarded items. By staying vigilant and careful, fire incidents can be avoided. Here are some simple housekeeping practices to keep in mind:
- Do not throw lighted materials such as burning embers and cigarette butts into the rubbish chute or rubbish bin.
- Do not leave cooking unattended; do switch off and unplug all cooking appliances when not in use.
Keep flammable liquids such as cooking oil and wine or combustible materials (e.g. paper and batteries) away from the stove.
- Do not overload electrical outlets and always switch off electrical appliances when not in use.
- Discarded items should be placed in designated areas; do not leave them at common areas such as lift lobbies, common corridors and staircase landings.
- More safety prevention tips are available at: Civil Defence Emergency Handbook
Here are things you should have in the event of a fire:
- A calm mind
- At least one PSB-approved Dry Chemical Power fire extinguisher weighing 1.5kg or more.
- An adequate home insurance that covers your building, home contents, and helps you to get back on your feet quickly in times of an emergency such as a fire.
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