30 Jan '11, 10pm

[ST] Redhill residents can now flush out chute fires

Until now, the existing flushing system in place in nine out of 10 HDB blocks here can be activated only by refuse cleaners, who have sole access to the switch located atop the block. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE RESIDENTS of Block 72 Redhill Road will now be part-time firefighters - at least against rubbish-chute fires. If such a fire breaks out in this block, residents can press a red button installed in the lift landing on the first storey, which triggers a four-minute-long flush of water down the chute to douse the flames. Until now, the existing flushing system in place in nine out of 10 HDB blocks here can be activated only by refuse cleaners, who have sole access to the switch located atop the block. The system at Block 72 was launched on Sunday by Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong, an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC. The pilot project is the result of a collaboration between the HDB, the S...

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