Salesmen pressuring, misleading HDB residents into overpaying for fire extinguishers

Claiming to be endorsed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), fire extinguisher salesmen mislead residents by telling them that it is mandatory to have a fire extinguisher at home and pressure them into buying at least one.
Claiming to be endorsed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), fire extinguisher salesmen mislead residents by telling them that it is mandatory to have a fire extinguisher at home and pressure them into buying at least one.PHOTO: ST FILE

They go door to door in Housing Board estates with a sales pitch centring on a "fire" nearby.

Claiming to be endorsed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), they mislead residents by telling them that it is mandatory to have a fire extinguisher at home and pressure them into buying at least one.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'Sharp jump in complaints about fire extinguisher salesmen'. Print Edition | Subscribe