Fire Prevention in Commercial Buildings

Feb 28

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will conduct more inspections to check the fire safety compliance of commercial buildings. This is the agency’s efforts to prevent fire in commercial buildings especially that the holidays are drawing in. SCDF continually repeats that the management should obey fire prevention guidelines for the safety of their patrons.Row of fire extinguishers

Here in Singapore, there is Fire Safety Act. The Fire Safety Act includes a section that tackles about Fire Prevention in Buildings. As a business entity, it is important that you know fire prevention so your patrons will feel safe. Here’s an idea:

Fire Certificate

The owner should get hold of a fire certificate from the commissioner. Before filling the application, the owner should comply all safety precautions. If the commissioner is satisfied, he/she has the right to issue the certificate.

Emergency Response Plan

The owner needs to prepare and execute emergency response plan. Furthermore, the owner has the responsibility distribute this plan to the occupants. Apart from that, the owners need to organize and perform regular fire and evacuation drills.

Managers and Other Emergency Response Teams

The minister will specify the premise that needs fire safety managers as well as emergency response teams. The owner should also ensure that guidelines and safety practices are observed in the building.

Fires can be prevented if the management is compliant and vigilant. Failure to comply with fire safety guidelines and prevention will be fined (up to S$200,000) and jailed (up to 24 months). The public should also take part. If you spot any fires, you need to call the SCDF right away to prevent it from damaging too much.


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