What is the drill in the event of fire in HDB point block?

Watching the London tower block on fire was horrifying. I understand that the fire started on the lower floors and quickly spread to the upper ones.

There is only one exit route in the tower and people trapped inside were asked to stay in their apartments as there was no other way to escape from the fire.

In Singapore, there are many 25-storey HDB point blocks (similar to the London Tower Block) with only one exit route in a block.

In the unfortunate event that something similar happens in an HDB point block, can the relevant authorities advise what the evacuation process for people trapped in the upper floors is?

Should the residents head for the roof top of the block, can that be used as an emergency exit and can people be rescued from there by helicopter?

Can the Housing Board, the Singapore Civil Defence Force or the relevant authorities educate HDB residents on what they should do in the event of a fire?

Goh Geok Leong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2017, with the headline 'What is the drill in the event of fire in HDB point block?'. Print Edition | Subscribe