Weston-super-Mare firefighters welcome #PressToTest competition winners to fire station

On Thursday 16 February, firefighters from Blue Watch at Weston-super-Mare welcomed #PressToTest competition winners to their fire station.

The #PressToTest competition was organised by Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) which asked people to post photographs online of themselves checking their smoke detectors. Rowena Mason from Worle, was chosen as one of four winners.

Rowena was joined by another parent and four excited children (Lexy 11, Lacey eight, Zebba six and Zhazha five) on her tour of the fire station.

During the one hour visit the lucky winners met Fido the fire dog, were shown around a fire engine and got to try on fire kit as well as spray water from a hose.

Describing her visit, Rowena said: “Thanks to Blue Watch, our tour was amazing, we had so much fun.”

The #PressToTest competition was set up to encourage families to test their smoke alarms on a regular basis because recent research shows that only 28% of all households which own one test it regularly.

Group Manager for Risk Reduction at AF&RS, Matt Peskett, said: “It was fantastic to welcome the competition winners to our fire station at Weston-super-Mare. I’m so pleased the children enjoyed meeting Fido and learning more about the work firefighters do.

“For us at AF&RS the #PressToTest competition was an opportunity to encourage families to take just a few minutes to test their alarms. I’d encourage everyoneto make sure they test their smoke alarms today and get into the habit of testing them each month as they can save you and your family’s life. 

“A big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and for supporting our campaign.”


To help keep you and your loved ones safe, follow these simple steps:

·         Test your smoke alarms now or when you get home.

·         Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly, even if they’re wired into the mains.

·         Whatever happens, never remove the batteries in your smoke alarms unless you are replacing them.  Some require new batteries every year.

·         Plan and practise an escape route and make sure that everyone in your home knows it.

·         In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

·         Test the smoke alarms of those who are unable to test their own .


AF&RS offers free Home Fire Safety Visits where our staff offer fire safety advice and fit free smoke alarms if required.

To book a Home Fire Safety Visit for yourself or someone you care about visit www.avonfire.gov.uk, call 0117 926 2061 or text VISIT to 07507 319 694.