August 13, 2022

S’pore funeral homes ban use of e-wreaths due to fire safety concerns

Singapore’s major funeral homes ban the use of electronic LED crowns

In our time, where more and more people are becoming more and more tech-savvy, a lot has changed in the way we do things, including funerals.

Some may have noticed the growing popularity of electronic LED funeral wreaths in recent years, often along roads where wakes are held.

Source: Eternity LED Wreath Service on Facebook

However, recently, major funeral homes are now banning the use of LED wreaths on their premises.

This is largely because these wreaths consume a lot of electricity, as well as the fire hazard they present.

LED wreaths have been gaining popularity since 2020

Since mid-2020, many Singaporeans have been using LED wreaths at funerals, moving away from traditional fresh flower wreaths.

According to The Straits Times (ST), e-crowns were introduced here after gaining popularity in Taiwan and China.

They were preferred over traditional wreaths because they last longer and come with artificial flowers and LED lights. Their messages can also be personalized and made to look grander.

Prohibition of electronic crowns

Source: Eternity LED Wreath Service on Facebook

The cost of renting these wreaths ranges from S$90 to S$120 per wreath including installation. It’s cheaper than a wreath of fresh flowers.

E-crown ban introduced due to fire safety measure

However, major funeral homes now ban the use of such LED wreaths, citing fire hazards and high electricity consumption.

Talk to MS NewsTeochew Funeral Home staff said the home has banned such wreaths since May 16.

Although their rooms are larger than typical living rooms, there is a space constraint – and these trendy wreaths are usually much larger than traditional ones.

But he clarified that electronic crowns also consume a lot of electricity. Sometimes the living room, which is more than 40 years old, cannot cope with such electricity consumption and can stumble. This happened several times.

Teochew Funeral Home had previously attempted to limit patrons to five LED wreaths per room. However, this was difficult to enforce and they eventually banned e-crowns of all sizes.

He said many other funeral homes were also doing the same due to the same concerns. Besides funeral homes, these large LED wreaths are often seen on empty bridges or along roadways.

Staff shared that given their size and brightness, they also pose a hazard to passersby walking past.

Over the years, he has heard of numerous complaints made to their respective city councils about this.

LED crowns consume too much electricity

Echoing his thoughts was an employee of Sin Ming Funeral Home. Staff shared that the salon recently implemented a complete ban on LED wreaths.

A notice stated that it was forbidden to lay these wreaths either inside or outside their premises.

Source: Death Kopitiam Singapore on Facebook

These crowns are a fire hazard, not least because they take up a lot of space in halls of limited size.

Singapore Casket has also banned LED wreaths from Tuesday, May 10. They shared with MS News that this was due to space constraints, light level constraints, as well as an overload of his power supply.

The ban was also implemented to avoid obstructions and provide comfort to other grieving families.

A notice stated that similar LED elements such as inflatable towers, lanterns, gates and arches are also not permitted in the living room.

Prohibition of electronic crowns

Source: Death Kopitiam Singapore on Facebook

Shin Min Daily News reported that two months ago, another funeral home along Sin Ming Drive experienced a power outage due to electronic crowns.

In Tampines, a funeral home shared that since March they have experienced power cuts several times a day.

This is largely because the living room cannot handle the amount of electricity needed for wreaths, as well as the lights, microphones and sound system used during wake-up calls.

Usage should be reduced for now

The use of LED crowns is still a fairly new development here in Singapore.

Despite its popularity, funeral home staff shared that, generally, wreaths of fresh flowers are still preferred.

While this is indeed an interesting and new way to express condolences, it seems that the use of LED wreaths will have to be reduced for now due to various considerations.

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Featured image adapted from the Eternity LED Wreath service on Facebook.