Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on the Number of Fires in Condominiums Caused by Discarded Cigarette Butts

Published: 15 February 2022


Ms Joan Pereira
: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) in the past three years, what is the number of fires in condominiums caused by discarded cigarette butts; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider working with NEA and the condominiums’ MCSTs to install surveillance cameras to catch offenders.


Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law:

1.    The number of fires in condominiums caused by discarded cigarette butts has remained low in the past 3 years. There were 5, 4 and 4 such fires in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively.

2.    The National Environment Agency takes enforcement action against littering in public places. Many condominiums have also put in place by-laws to prohibit littering within their estate. The Management Corporation Strata Title (MCSTs) may also take steps to pass a special resolution to install surveillance cameras in the common areas of their estate.

3.    The Penal Code was amended in 2020 such that should a fire occur within 60 minutes in the vicinity of a place where a person had illegally disposed of a cigarette butt, the person would be presumed to have caused or substantially contributed to the risk of a dangerous fire. Depending on the damage or hurt caused by such a fire, the penalties for this offence include imprisonment of up to 7 years, a fine, or both.

4.    The Singapore Civil Defence Force also works with Neighbourhood Committees and condominiums’ MCST to raise fire safety awareness among the residents.