Free installation of smoke detectors in HDB rental flats till 2021

SCDF making home visits to stress need for fire safety measures

Above: Mr Gilroy Chan, 56, had the Home Fire Alarm Device installed in his rental flat as he believes in taking precautions. Right: Madam Marina Mohd Ali, 32, believes that the Home Fire Alarm Device will help ensure the safety of her children when t
Madam Marina Mohd Ali, 32, believes that the Home Fire Alarm Device will help ensure the safety of her children when they are alone at home, as neighbours will be able to hear the alarm go off. If triggered by a false alarm, it can be reset by pushing the button in its centre.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Above: Mr Gilroy Chan, 56, had the Home Fire Alarm Device installed in his rental flat as he believes in taking precautions. Right: Madam Marina Mohd Ali, 32, believes that the Home Fire Alarm Device will help ensure the safety of her children when t
Mr Gilroy Chan, 56, had the Home Fire Alarm Device installed in his rental flat as he believes in taking precautions. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Smoke detectors have been installed in about 12,000 Housing Board rental flats since June last year as part of plans to introduce the devices in new residential homes and public rental units.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the Home Fire Alarm Device (HFAD) assistance scheme was first rolled out in estates with more elderly occupants. Under the scheme, residents of public rental units can apply to have one smoke detector installed in their flat for free.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2019, with the headline 'Free installation of smoke detectors in rental flats till 2021'. Subscribe