Fire service campaigns on high street to save lives

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THE ‘worrying’ lack of people without smoke alarms saw the fire service taking to Chichester’s East Street this week.

Firefighter Robert Byrne and community volunteers Piotr Kos and Robin Dobbs were out educating people as part of West Sussex’s Who Cares? campaign.

A fire safety information van was on the high street from 10am to 3pm and by 1.30pm the team had already spoken to four or five people without alarms.

“It’s worrying really in this day and age,” said Robert. “All the hard work we’ve done and still people don’t seem to think about it.

“We’ve had a couple of people coming along and saying they meant to get it done for a long time and they see this as an opportunity to get this arranged.”

He added: “We just encourage people to fit smoke alarms and test them and clean them on a regular basis, by vacuum cleaning them as dust does build up inside them, and also to consider a fire escape plan in their property.”

He said it was important for families to know the best escape routes from their homes, adding the day was worthwhile if the team could ‘make a difference by saving one life’

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has encouraged people to check their alarms at the same time as the clocks go forward this weekend. For a home fire safety check visit or call freephone 0800 328 6487.