Fire safety first, says FRD

The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) would like to express its gratitude to the concerned citizen who penned the piece, ‘Open burning needs to end’, published in the Opinion page on June 27 and for bringing to light the Fire Safety Order (FSO) 2016.

The FSO was gazetted with the objectives of facilitating the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) and regulating fire safety at commercial buildings to ensure public safety.

It was rolled out in three phases, with the premier stage aimed at regulating fire safety measures at all business premises. Those in compliance with the FSO are issued with Fire Safety Certificate and Fire Certificate.

The Fire Safety (Composition of Offences) Regulation 2020, implemented on March 4, 2020, will come into force this August.

Among the offences include: the obstruction of emergency exit route and emergency door; damage, conceal, activate or deactivate of fire system without reasonable excuse; damage, cover up, enclose or conceal of fire hydrants; and change the use of premises that cause the existing fire safety measures to become inadequate.

Under Section 277A(2)(a), Chapter 22 of the Penal Code, anyone who voluntarily causes a fire or negligently starts one that endangers human life, causes damage to properties or poses risk to the public by vitiating the atmosphere will face a fine or jail term of no more than five years, or both.

As such, members of the public are encouraged to contact Darussalam hotline at 123 or WhatsApp details to 8333123 to report on open burning.

Head of Public Relations Office,
The Fire and Rescue Department.