Smoke alarm reminder from West Sussex firefighters

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FIRE crews have urged homeowners to get into a new routine for 2013 by regularly checking their smoke

“Your smoke alarm can only give you that vital early warning if it is working, so why not make it a New Year’s resolution to test it weekly,” said Adrian Carter, deputy safer communities manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

“All too often we make resolutions that we find hard to keep, but testing your smoke alarms is very easy and could save your life, so put it to the top of your list.”

In March last year two people lost their lives in separate house fires in West Sussex where the batteries in their smoke alarms had been removed.

He added: “West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offers free home fire safety checks where firefighters visit homes by appointment to give safety advice and, where appropriate, fit smoke detectors or other specialist fire detection equipment.

“We give priority to those who are elderly or more vulnerable.”

He urged people to also watch out for relatives and neighbours, who might need help checking smoke alarms.

To request a visit call free on 0800 328 6487 or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire