August 13, 2022

Up to 10 crowns of LEDs allowed at each vigil: NEA guidelines

LED crowns. (SCREEN CAPTURE: YouTube)

SINGAPORE – A maximum of 10 light-emitting (LED) wreaths are allowed at each funeral wake in Singapore under new guidelines jointly developed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Association of Funeral Directors Singapore (AFD).

Deployment of such LED wreaths – including for a single inflatable wreath – must be confined to a wake area such as in the Void Decks and HDB Pavilion, and is subject to the conditions and approvals of the local councils or appropriate authority , in accordance with AEN and AFD recommendations.

“Excessive use of crowns and light-emitting inflatables has led to increased public annoyance and safety concerns. These include light and noise pollution, obstruction of pedestrian traffic, obstruction of motorists’ line of sight, potential power outages and tripping/falling hazards,” said NEA and AFD in the guidelines.

The guidelines came after concerns expressed by members of the public about the safety of LED crowns. Some funeral homes have banned such wreaths from their business premises for electrical safety reasons.

Among other restrictions in the guidelines, LED crowns must not exceed 2.6m in height and 1.5m in width while the inflatable must not exceed 4m in length by 1m in width and 3.2m high so as not to obstruct the view of residents and motorists.

If LED crowns are placed in common spaces such as walkways and sidewalks, clear demarcation is required to allow for a suitable walking space of at least 1.5m in these spaces. They are also not permitted to be placed near parking lots, roads, driveways, commercial entities or residences.

The assembly and disassembly of such crowns from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day is prohibited.

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