Poster competition to raise awareness of testing smoke alarms

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WEST Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) is giving children the chance to win a £1,000 IKEA voucher for their school by helping raise awareness of the importance of testing smoke alarms.

Primary school pupils are being invited to design a colourful A4 poster to promote the fire service’s current smoke alarm campaign ‘Test It Tuesday’, which aims to get everyone in West Sussex testing their smoke alarms as part of their weekly routine.

The IKEA store in Southampton has come on board to help promote the campaign and, as well as the prize for their school, the winner will get their own £250 voucher to spend on a bedroom makeover.

Sarah Smith, communications officer for WSFRS, said: “Smoke alarms save lives. That’s been proved time and time again, but simply owning a smoke detector and hoping that it works won’t guarantee that vital early warning to a fire, so anything we can do to encourage people to test them regularly, we will.

“We recognise how good children are at engaging their parents in what they have learned or are doing at school, so we hope this competition will be an effective way to raise awareness among thousands of families in West Sussex of the importance of not just having smoke alarms, but regularly testing them too.

“Of course, it is also a fun way to get children involved in thinking about fire safety.”

Entries should be submitted through the school to Media and Communications Team, Bognor Fire Station, West Meads Drive, Bognor Regis, PO21 5TB.

The closing date is November 19, 2011. For more information go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire