The risk of a fire breaking out around you is more common than you think!
The SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force) has been on a journey to equip Singaporeans with first aid skills such as administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using a fire extinguisher. Always ensure that your building is up to standard with the SCDF Fire Code.
Entities that should be heavily involved in Fire Safety Regulations are businesses such as:
- Accountancy and bookkeeping services
- Architectural institutes
- Consultancy services such as business, engineering, legal, IT/ management, education etc.
- Designing and advertising agencies
- Transportation services
- Real estate agencies
- Insurance/banking/financial planning services
- Technology-based/IT businesses
- Trading offices
Why are Fire Safety Regulations Necessary?
Every building poses a risk of fire, whether you sleep, study, or work there, and you should always be prepared to put it out or escape. To ensure the premise is safe for occupancy, it is necessary to follow FSSD’s safety requirements. The FSSD requirements for residential and home offices, on the other hand, are less stringent than those for commercial buildings.
There are combustible materials such as cardboard files, copier paper, files, and office equipment in an office, while at home, unattended stoves and candles, or faulty electric wiring may ignite bigger flames. Residential buildings have features that can contribute to fire hazards, as well as injuries and deaths caused by fire. Unexpected causes such as a power outage, a short circuit, a kitchen accident, or a lightning strike can cause a fire to start anywhere and at any time. Therefore, it is mandatory to be aware of fire safety, and prepare a fire extinguisher and smoke detector, and there are no exemptions!
Additional Fire Safety Tips
It goes without saying that, whether at work or at home, we should be vigilant about fire safety. Take these steps to ensure that you and the people around you are safe.
- When you leave the office for the day, shut down your computer and turn off the power switch. Do not overload electrical outlets with multiple plugs or extensions. Your company may be paying the electricity bill, but they should not have to pay for fire damage!
- Switch off all appliances and electrical outlets when not in use or before leaving your home. Avoid overcharging mobile devices, tablets or laptops – leaving them in to charge overnight not only causes their battery life to weaken, but also poses a fire hazard!
- Install smoke detectors in your home or building, and be vigilant in checking for broken wires and exposed wiring.
- Home fires and household fire injuries are most commonly caused by cooking fires. Avoid leaving your cooking when it’s on the stove, and always keep an eye on what’s in the oven or microwave. The majority of these fires start with the ignition of common household items such as grease, paper, cabinets, and curtains, and are caused by unattended cooking.
- If you’re a smoker, make sure to soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Matches and lighters should be kept out of reach of children.
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