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Smoke detectors compulsory for new HDB flats


Apparently so, according to The Straits Times. But the thing that is making people unhappy is that new home buyers will have to fork out for them…according to the article:

All newly built homes – Housing Board flats as well as private residences – will have to be installed with smoke detectors from next June, when an updated Fire Code is released, The Straits Times understands.

Called a home smoke alarm, the device costs between $60 and $80 for a basic version. Installation could cost another $50 or so.

The costs will likely be borne by home buyers, though the authorities, led by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), are working with grassroots leaders to identify elderly and needy households that need financial help in doing so.

The battery-operated devices are designed to alert occupants when they sense smoke, and function independently. They are not connected to emergency services or a central fire alarm system.

Well, let us see how this pans out. I personally think that getting a smoke alarm is a good thing…but to force people to buy it…that is another thing altogether.

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