SINGAPORE - The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a statement today that it will be stepping up its enforcement checks of public buildings and places of recreation or entertainment, including hotels and shopping centres.
Owners and management of such places are reminded to comply to all fire safety requirements during the festive season this month.
SCDF explained that the number of patrons and customers are usually higher during this period and overcrowding in public premises, especially in entertainment outlets such as nightclubs and pubs, should be avoided as it would impede safe evacuation in the event of a fire.
Escape passageways should be free of obstruction and fire exit doors should be kept accessible for use during emergencies.
SCDF said it takes a serious view against offenders flouting fire safety requirements.
Under the Fire Safety Act, violators may be subjected to a fine of up to $10,000 or sentenced to imprisonment for up to six months. Major offences like commencement of fire safety works without plan approval carries a maximum fine of $200,000 or imprisonment of up to two years, or both.
Members of the public who spot fire hazards can report them to SCDF by calling 1800-280-0000 or by email at SCDF_Fire_Safety_Feedback@scdf.gov.sg