Firefighters run smoke alarm draw

Green watch firefighters
Green watch firefighters

A group of firefighters from Eastbourne is urging people to make their homes safer by having smoke alarms fitted.

Green Watch at Eastbourne Community Fire Station is running Operation Lifesaver from now until March 23 and anyone having a smoke alarm fitted in Eastbourne, Polegate, Seaford, Hailsham, Westham or Pevensey will be entered into a free draw which has a first prize of a trolley full of groceries up to the value of £150.

The winners will also get a VIP tour of the fire station.

Community safety advisors from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service can fit smoke alarms in people’s homes or residents can fit their own and send their details to crew manager Bob Newton at the station in Whitley Road.

Bob said, “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.

“People should choose a smoke alarm that complies with the British Standard (BS EN 14604:2005) and carries the British Standard Kite mark or LPCB ‘Horseshoe’ mark. Always put smoke alarms where you will be able to hear them throughout the home, particularly when you are asleep or when doors are closed.”

Supermarkets across the town are getting involved in the campaign including Morrison’s, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and B&Q, and will be collecting entries too.

The draw will take place on Saturday March 23 at the fire station.

Bob added, “The lucky numbers will be picked by a VIP and the winning household will win a £150 trolley full of food from the supermarket of their choice.”