SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Tuesday reminded members of the public to exercise greater caution when conducting religious activities which involve the use of fire.
These include the burning of incense papers and joss sticks, activities which are expected to increase in view of the Hungry Ghost Festival during the seventh lunar month.
Here are a few simple fire safety tips to help minimise potential hazards during this period:
When making religious offerings in public areas, always use the incense burners or metal containers provided by the town councils.
The burners or containers should be placed on sturdy ground and at a distance from residential premises.
For private home owners, incense paper burners should always be used.
After the prayer session, always check the area for smouldering incense or embers and ensure that these are completely extinguished before leaving.
Avoid throwing lighted materials such as candles and matches onto grass patches and fields as these items may inadvertently start a fire.
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