SCDF blitz uncovers fire safety hazards

SCDF blitz uncovers fire safety hazards
Captain Neo Jin Xiang (left), 30, enforcement team leader from the Central Enforcement Department, with VivoCity security officer Kalwant Singh and SCDF officers during an enforcement blitz on fire safety at the VivoCity basement carpark. This area was converted into a storage area without approval from SCDF.

A surprise enforcement check by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) last Friday night uncovered many fire hazards at popular malls and clubs in the Harbourfront area.

SCDF officers handed out 11 Fire Hazard Abatement Notices and four Notices of Fire Safety Offence to five establishments. Among them were VivoCity and the clubs at St James Power Station.

The safety violations include obstructing emergency exits, and not replacing expired fire extinguishers. At Toys 'R' Us in VivoCity, toy boxes were stacked so high that they blocked water sprinklers.

In the mall's basement carpark, some areas were also converted into storage and workers' resting spaces without SCDF approval.

Over at club Toxic at St James Power Station, mops and pails were piled on top of a fire hose reel.

"During the year-end festive season, public buildings such as shopping complexes and public entertainment outlets may see an increase in patronage," said commander of Marina Bay Fire Station Major Dennis Quah, one of about 20 officers who took part in the enforcement blitz.

"We want to see that fire-safety standards are maintained nonetheless."

From January to November this year, 91 Fire Hazard Abatement Notices, 25 Notices of Fire Safety Offence and seven Notices of Composition were issued for fire-related offences during similar enforcement checks at shopping malls, hotels, and public entertainment outlets island-wide.


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