Eastbourne firefighters are urging people to get smoke alarms fitted in a new competition.
Members of Green Watch at the fire station in Whitley Road are running a free to enter competition to encourage residents in Eastbourne, Polegate, Westham, Pevensey, Hailsham and Seaford to fit smoke alarms.
Operation Lifesavers 2013 is running from now until March 23 and the winners will receive shopping vouchers.
Bob Newton from Green Watch said, “Our plan is to encourage residents to fit smoke alarms at the same time as running a competition to win a first prize of a trolley of groceries up to the value of £150 and a second prize of £100 of groceries.
“The winning household will also be invited to visit the Fire Station as VIP guests.
“Everyone who has a smoke alarm fitted by one of the four watches, Green, White, Red and Blue) and our Community Safety Advisors up until Saturday March 23 will be entered into a free draw and allocated a lucky number.
“Or if the family fit their own smoke alarms they can send their details into the fire station and we include them in the draw. Forms to enter the competition will also be available from Tesco, ASDA, B&Q, Morrisons and Waitrose. The draw will take place on Saturday March 23 at the Fire Station.”
The firefighters want to see all homes fitted with smoke alarms.
“A working smoke alarm is essential,” said Bob Newton. “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. They should always put smoke alarms where they will be able to hear them throughout the home, particularly when asleep or when doors are closed and check it weekly to make sure it works.
“This safety campaign is all about increasing the number of alarms that are fitted and hopefully it will encourage everyone to fit an alarm as they really do save lives.
“At the same time the public will have an opportunity to win a trolley full of groceries just in time for Easter.”
Further information on the campaign is available on the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service website, www.esfr.org.uk
Residents who have smoke alarms fitted can drop their entry forms into the fire station or participating superstores or email Green Watch crew manager Bob Newton Robert.Newton@esfrs.org