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Five times more fires during this year's Qing Ming festival due to dry weather

Published on Apr 6, 2014 2:36 PM
A family tossing joss paper into the air as they made offerings to their departed relatives at this year's Qing Ming festival. -- NP FILE PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

The burning of joss sticks and incense papers during this year's Qing Ming festival has resulted in five times more fires than last year.

Ten cases have so far been recorded in the last 10 days of March this year, compared with two cases between mid-March to mid-April last year, according to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). However, the fires this year were minor with no reported injuries.

Qing Ming fell on Saturday, but families may sometimes clean their ancestors' tombs, give offerings and burn prayer paraphernalia days before or after.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and the SCDF have reminded members of the public to exercise greater caution when making religious offerings as the dry weather would increase the risk of fire outbreaks.

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