A competition to get smoke alarms fitted in homes across Eastbourne is entering its second month.
Green Watch from Eastbourne Community Fire Station has teamed up with the town’s supermarkets and Eastbourne Herald to run the competition to keep residents safe.
Operation Lifesavers is open to everyone living in Eastbourne, Seaford, Polegate, Hailsham, Westham and Pevensey, to encourage them to fit smoke alarms in their homes.
Crew Manager Bob Newton said, “Our plan is to encourage residents to fit smoke alarms by publicising the benefits of fitting smoke alarms, at the same time running a competition to win a first prize of a trolley full of groceries up to the value of £150 and a second prize of £100 worth of groceries, with the prize issued in time for the Easter shopping.
“Also, the winning household will be invited to visit the Fire Station as VIP guests.
“A working smoke alarm is essential. It provides vital early warning and extra time to escape if there is a fire. Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms cost around £5-£10 and can be bought at most supermarkets, DIY stores and electrical equipment shops.
The competition works in one of two ways, the first operates by one of four watches, as well as Community Safety Advisors (CSA Team), fitting a smoke alarm up until Saturday March 23. The family will be informed of the competition during their Home Safety Visit with the date of the visit being recorded, along with details of the occupants and their address. Each household will be allocated one lucky number.
The second option is if a family fit their own smoke alarms and then they simply send their details into Eastbourne Community Fire Station, along with their name, address and phone number. Forms are also available from participating supermarkets as well.