West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service ask homeowners to remember, when they put their clocks back tonight, to take time to check their smoke alarms.
Clocks go back an hour on Sunday October 27th and residents are encouraged to take just a few minutes at the same time to test their alarm to check they are working properly.
Nationally, 80 per cent of the population own smoke alarms, but statistics show that for one in every eight house fires attended by fire and rescue services, the smoke alarm failed to work largely due to flat or missing batteries.
Jackie Boyle, our fire and rescue service community fire and road officer, said: “Most fires start at night and the real killer is smoke. If you are asleep and you do not have a smoke alarm to wake you up, your chances of survival are virtually zero.
“If you have smoke alarms, check the batteries once a week remember our Test it Tuesday campaign. Consider buying a ten-year alarm, otherwise change the batteries every year. Remember, ‘push the button, not your luck’.
“Smoke alarms cost as little as £5.00 each, but the cost should not matter because you cannot put a cost on someone’s life.”
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service offers local residents free home fire safety checks, we prioritise our visits to the homes of people who may be at a higher risk of fire or injury from fire. This includes older people, those living alone, those with mobility difficulties, vision or hearing impairments, mental health services users and those liable to intoxication through alcohol or drug use.
To request a Home Fire Safety Check call free on 0800 328 6487 or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire