SCDF enforcement blitz uncovers fire safety violations at Harbourfront clubs and malls

SCDF enforcement blitz uncovers fire safety violations at Harbourfront clubs and malls
Captain Neo Jin Xiang (extreme left), 30, enforcement team leader from the Central Enforcement Department, leads other SCDF officers and VivoCity security officer Mr Kalwant Singh (in purple shirt) as they find change of spa.

SINGAPORE - Toy boxes stacked so high that they block water sprinklers; mops and pails piled on top of a fire hose reel; a carpark space being converted into a workers' resting place - these were but some of the fire hazards uncovered during an enforcement blitz the Singapore Civil Defence Force carried out in the Harbourfront area on Friday night.


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Full list of Fire Hazard Abatement Notices (FHANs) and Notices of Fire Safety Offence (NFSOs) handed out:

VivoCity

FHAN Issued (Y/N) and Remarks

Obstruction to fire safety measures:

1) Obstruction to emergency exit.(Toys'R Us )

2) Obstruction to the sprinkler system. (Toys'R Us )

NFSO (Y/N) and Remarks

Illegal Change of Use

3) Air Handling Unit area in B1 Carpark was changed to a maintenance office and a worker resting area. (Carpark, Basement 1)

4) Open area in carpark changed to a storage area. (Carpark, Basement 1)

5) Carpark area in B2 changed to storage area. (Carpark Basement 2)


Harbourfront Centre

FHAN Issued (Y/N) and Remarks

1) Fire safety measures (Exit light) not in efficient working order (Level 2 lobby C)

2) Obstruction to firefighting hosereel. (Level 2)

3) Multiple emergency lights not in efficient working order (Level 2)


Toxic @ St James Power Station

FHAN Issued (Y/N) and Remarks

Obstruction to fire safety measures:

1) Obstruction to firefighting hosereel. (2nd floor area)

2) Obstruction to escape routes and exit door. (2nd floor)

3) Obstruction to escape routes and exit door locked (1st floor)


Gossip @ St James Power Station

NFSO (Y/N) and Remarks

Commence/carry out fire safety works without approval of plans.

- Erecting a dressing room without plans approval from SCDF


Neverland 2 @ St James Power Station

FHAN Issued (Y/N) and Remarks

Obstruction to fire safety measures:

1) Emergency lights not in efficient working order. (near storage room)

2) Obstruction to the sprinkler system. (near main seating area)

3) Removal of fire safety measures (fire extinguisher) that is required in accordance with the approved plans by SCDF. (near liquor store)

Under the Fire Safety Act, a Fire Hazard Abatement Notice (FHAN) serves as a warning. When the hazard is not abated, a Notice of Composition (NOC) of up to $5000 would be issued.

A Notice of Fire Safety Offence (NFSO) instead of a FHAN is issued when the contravention is of a serious nature and warrants a heavier penalty, for example unauthorized fire safety works carried out. It carries with it a composition fine of up to $5000.

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