Fewer fire calls, with death toll halved to 4

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to fewer fire calls last year, most of which were blazes in homes.

There were 4,604 fire calls last year, down by 120 from 2014.

About 63 per cent involved fires in public and private residential premises.

There were 505 fire incidents in non-residential places, an 11 per cent drop from 2014.

The number of fire injuries, which include smoke inhalation and burns, remained at 111 - the same as 2014 - while the number of fatalities halved to four.

The biggest cause of fires was lit items being disposed of indiscriminately, such as cigarette butts. They were behind 55 per cent of blazes.

Of the 50 fire cases at eating establishments, 15 were due to unattended cooking.

In an effort to educate food and beverage operators on fire safety, SCDF conducted workshops with the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council and the Singapore Foochow Coffee Restaurant and Bar Merchants Association.

The number of vehicle fires on the road fell by 15 per cent last year to 199 cases.

The SCDF also conducted 16,165 fire safety checks last year, 16 per cent more than in 2014.

Ng Huiwen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2016, with the headline 'Fewer fire calls, with death toll halved to 4'. Print Edition | Subscribe