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Home security & safety – Fire hazards

Snuff out fire hazards …before it’s too late
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - April 1, 2011
By: James Ong
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Home security & safety – Fire hazards

Imagine you have just purchased a spanking new, spacious HDB flat, lavished tens of thousands of dollars on renovation for world-class design and décor, and spent even more on imported pieces of furniture from overseas to complete your dream home, only to have it all destroyed overnight in a fire caused by your negligence.

Fire destroys property, and sometimes results in the loss of lives. To make your home and your entire block a safer place, you would do well to observe these precautionary measures.

  • If you are a smoker, do not smoke in bed.
  • Do not throw matches that are still burning, cigarette ends, or pieces of burning charcoal into litter bins, refuse chutes or out of the windows.
  • Do not leave lighted cigarettes in ashtrays; neither should you place matches or cigarette lighters where children can reach them.
  • Do not use the service compartment to store old newspapers, brooms or anything that could become a fire hazard.
  • Do not dispose of unwanted furniture at common areas like the corridor outside your flat.
  • Do not leave cooking unattended.
  • Disconnect heat-generating equipment like irons and toasters when they are not in use.
  • Do not place inflammable material such as curtains and clothing close to stoves or lightbulbs.
  • Provide adequate ventilation behind television sets and refrigerators.
  • Burn incense paper only in incense burners provided by the Town Council.

Protect your home from fire. Keep a portable fire extinguisher in your home at all times. Remember, the onus of keeping your home and neighbourhood safe is on you!

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