January 15, 2021

rescues

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a fire at an Yishun flat this morning (November 14) and rescued two occupants.

The fire occurred at a 1-bedroom unit at Block 424A Yishun Ave 11.

The fire was extinguished with a hosereel.

Two individuals within the flat

The SCDF said that during the firefighting operation, its firefighters found one occupant in the bedroom and another occupant in the toilet. Both were carried out of the unit.

One of the occupants suffered burn injuries and was conveyed to Singapore General Hospital. The other was assessed for smoke inhalation injuries and subsequently refused to be sent to the hospital.

The SCDF said that patients who sustain smoke inhalation or serious burn injuries but are in a stable condition, will be conveyed to Singapore General Hospital’s specialised Burn Centre instead of the nearest hospital.

Around 40 residents evacuated themselves from their units in the affected block prior to the SCDF’s arrival.

Preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicated that it likely resulted from a power-assisted bicycle (or e-bicycle) that was charging at the time of the fire.

Here are some photos posted by the SCDF:

Via SCDF

Via SCDF

Via SCDF

The agency also reminded members of the public to observe the following fire safety tips when handling power-assisted bicycles and personal mobility devices:

Top images via SCDF.

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LINCOLN — Starting Saturday, vapers will have to join smokers in indulging their habits outside of public places and work sites.

A new Nebraska law bans the use of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices in all places that smoking is now banned. That includes restaurants, bars, office buildings, retail stores and other indoor workplaces. 

Under state law, an exception is made for licensed vape shops, which are shops that do not sell alcohol or gasoline and which do not let in customers under age 21. However, local ordinances may be more strict. 

“This change is about protecting Nebraskans from exposure to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes. It is also a great time to try, or retry, quitting e-cigarettes or tobacco,” said Amanda Mortensen, program manager for Tobacco Free Nebraska.

The indoor vaping ban is one of several new laws taking effect this weekend, including some that allow landowners to get special deer hunting permits, green-light people rescuing children from hot cars and open the door for barbers to clip hair in some customers’ homes. 

Hot cars. People cannot be held liable for breaking into a vehicle to rescue a child in an emergency. The law addresses situations such as a child being left in a hot car or being trapped because of an accident. Previously, some would-be rescuers had expressed hesitancy about stepping in without legal authorization.

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