Tick, tock, test before it’s too late is the message from firefighters in West Sussex this clock change weekend (25th-26th October).

Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. Sadly, in the majority of domestic fatal fires, smoke detectors were either missing or did not activate because the batteries were flat or had been removed. That’s why West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend.

Community Fire Safety Officer for West Sussex Fire & Rescue service, Jackie Boyle, said:

“It’s easy to see when a clock in your home stops but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order. Our message to people is really simple; when it comes to your smoke alarm don’t just hope it works, KNOW it works. When you change your clock this weekend take the opportunity to press test on your smoke alarm.

“We’re also urging everyone to think about those people who might find it more difficult to test their smoke alarms. If you are visiting an elderly relative, neighbour or friend then please take the time to ensure they have a working smoke alarm on each level of their home.”

Would you or someone you know benefit from a Home Fire Safety Check? West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service particularly wants to hear from those who are:

. Are 65 or over and live alone
. Have a physical disability or frailty affecting their ability to either summon help or escape in an emergency
. Use a Community Alarm or Emergency Monitoring service like Careline or Lifeline
. Have a sensory impairment or difficulty hearing a standard smoke alarm
. Have a cognitive impairment affecting their ability to remember things or retain information, such as dementia

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

For a weekly reminder to test your smoke alarm follow @WestSussexFire on Twitter or like www.facebook.com/wsfrs on Facebook.

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