THE burning of joss sticks and incense papers during this year’s Qing Ming festival has resulted in five times more fires than last year.
Ten cases have so far been recorded in the last 10 days of March this year, compared with two cases between mid-March to mid-April last year, according to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
The National Environment Agency and the SCDF have reminded members of the public to exercise greater caution when making religious offerings as the dry weather would increase the risk of fire outbreaks.
For instance, Housing Board dwellers should burn incense paper in the incense burners or metal containers provided by the Town Councils.
Private residential owners should also use incense paper burners. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network