SCDF Fire Fighting

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In the first 6 months of 2022 alone, we have already seen numerous news reports of fires across the island. As we spend more time at home due to work and to minimise mingling in crowded areas due to covid-19, electricity usage has also gone up. 

The main reasons behind the fires were usually due to contents in the house or due to PMDs and PABs but let's not let our guard down as we delve into some prevention and maintenance tips.

1) Check and replace old or worn electrical wiring in your house. Everything has a finite lifespan and the same goes for electrical wires with an estimated average useful life of 25 years. However it is best to make the change if the condition has deteriorated or when the lifespan is over. Remember to engage a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW) to check and submit a report to the relevant authorities once the works are done. 

2) Ensure appliances and devices are compliant to regulatory requirements. Large household electrical appliances such as washing machines, fridges and ovens have to be certified with the Singapore Safety Mark. You can check online at to see if the appliance you are getting requires a safety mark.  

3) Use original charging accessories. Manufacturers would have put tested these accessories vigorously to ensure they are up to mark and to protect their reputation. Charging accessories of poor quality tend to melt or overcharge your devices and can lead to fires.