4 ways to prevent fires at home

Lighting candles at home sure is a great way to unwind. However, it can turn into a fire hazard if we're not careful. 

Following the CK Building fire in Tampines, which reportedly took the SCDF five hours to bring under control, we take a look at what steps you can take to prevent a fire from destroying your home.

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Practice fire drills at home

As in schools and workplaces, consider doing a drill at home and make sure everyone participates. Everyone has to be out within two minutes and at the designated meeting place. Do this at least annually. This will not only keep the knowledge fresh in everyone’s minds, but it will also allow you to spot any new obstructions or hazards. If it has been awhile since your last fire drill, now would be a good time to have one.

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Check appliances regularly

Have a licensed electrician check for overloading, especially when you increase the number of appliances or frequently experience blackouts. To avoid overheating, there should be enough space around the appliance. Switches and electrical cords should be checked regularly too, to make sure they are in good working order.

Safety first, always

Do not try to cut costs when it comes to items that could potentially cause fires. Cheap butane canisters should not be refilled with LPG. Also, NEVER smoke in bed and never leave candles unattended.

Remember important emergency numbers

995 for fire and ambulance and 999 for police.

This article was written by Shenielle Aloysis Singapore Women's Weekly.