SCDF issues fire safety tips for seventh month rituals

Fires should be completely extinguished and the areas around the burners kept free of smouldering incense and embers.
Fires should be completely extinguished and the areas around the burners kept free of smouldering incense and embers. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - With the lunar seventh month starting on Friday, Aug 14, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has advised the public to be careful when burning incense paper and joss sticks.

In a fire safety advisory issued on Thursday, the SCDF gave several tips to minimise the likelihood of fires occurring.

It advised the public to always burn incense paper in incense burners or metal containers, which should be placed on sturdy ground, away from combustible materials and locations such as switch rooms and residential premises.

Fires should be completely extinguished and the areas around the burners kept free of smouldering incense and embers.

Lighted materials such as candles and matches should not be thrown onto grass patches and fields to avoid accidentally starting a fire, the SCDF noted.