We were featured on the local press due to a few recent high profile fire outbreak cases in Singapore. As the information is published in mandarin, we decided to translate it to your benefit!
Summary of Feature:
- Less than 1% of households in Singapore do not have fire protection equipment at home, and the average person on the street does not have strong fire safety knowledge.
- Fire blankets and fire extinguishers are complementary items. The one-two combo of extinguishing the fire and covering the remains up with a fire blanket can reduce the risk of the fire reigniting!
- AB powder fire extinguishers (denoted by a blue label on the cylinder) is good enough for most home and commercial use cases.
- There are different weight classes for AB powder fire extinguishers and therefore, the heavier it is the better the fire rating.
- Foam-type fire extinguishers (denoted by beige label) are more suitable for commercial kitchens.
- Fire extinguishers need to be serviced on an annual basis.
- Fire extinguishers are designed for single-charge use, therefore it is advisable to bring it to the manufacturer to get it refilled and ready for next use!
- National Safety Council of Singapore boardmember Mr Parthi commented residents should wear appropriate footwear before helping others evacuate. This is to avoid stepping on broken glass shards and hurting themselves.
- Residents should shout “Fire!”, and ask for someone to call the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
- Residents can assist with evacuation, but only if it does not put themselves in harm’s way.
- In situations whereby the escape route is blocked, Mr Parthi recommends finding a room with bathroom access, close the door and seal it with a wet towel to prevent smoke from coming in whilst calling for help.
Always be prepared for a fire.
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