SCDF issues fire safety tips, urges greater caution while making religious offerings during seventh month

SCDF said burning of incense papers should be done in the burners or metal containers provided by the Town Councils.
SCDF said burning of incense papers should be done in the burners or metal containers provided by the Town Councils. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has reminded the public to exercise greater caution while making religious offerings during the lunar seventh month, which started on Wednesday (Aug 3).

In a press release on Thursday, it said religious activities like the burning of incense papers and lighting candles or joss sticks are expected to increase throughout the month.

Those who burn incense paper in public housing estates should do so in the incense burners or metal containers provided by the Town Councils.

Private residential owners are also encouraged to use incense paper burners.

These burners or containers should be placed on sturdy ground, and at a safe distance from combustible materials or residential premises.

After burning, they should also ensure smouldering incense and embers are completely extinguished before leaving.

The public are also reminded to avoid throwing lighted materials such as candles and matches onto grass patches and fields, which might cause fires.

"Fire safety is a collective responsibility and together we can help to reduce fire occurrences in Singapore," SCDF added.