As part of the Fire Kills campaign, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking people in Eastbourne to welcome British Summer Time by Tick Tock Testing their smoke alarms when they change their clocks over this weekend.
The clocks go forward at 2am on Sunday March 29.
Eastbourne Borough Commander Dave Sheppard said, “The simple act of pressing a button and testing the smoke alarms in your home could be the difference between life and death.
“On clock change weekend, when you put the clocks in your home forward by an hour, I urge everyone to Tick Tock Test their smoke alarms too.
“It takes very little extra time and could well be a life saver.
“Smoke alarms are a well-proven life saving tool, but they are no use if they are not working.
“You are at least four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm, so taking the time to test the smoke alarms in your home could be a truly lifesaving decision.
“The clock change weekend can act as a great reminder to test your smoke alarms – so over the weekend of 28-29 March why not test yours when you change the clocks or are catching up on those DIY jobs around your home.”
Free home safety advice is available to everyone in the community and can be obtained by contacting East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 177 7069 or by visiting www.esfrs.org and free home safety visits are available to anyone who is Over 65, Single Parents, Disabled/Reduced Mobility, Hearing or Sight Impaired, Smokers or living in rented or social housing.