Dozens of smoke alarms installed to keep Oahu families safe

More than 80 smoke alarms are being installed across Oahu this week.

The Honolulu Fire Department, American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local Union 1186 are installing alarms in approximately 83 homes Monday and Tuesday as part of the “Smoke Alarms for Everyone” program.

The goal is to increase public awareness of the importance of smoke alarms and encourage families to install one in each bedroom, sleeping area and on every level of their homes.

Makiki resident Jeanette Greenwood knows these alarms could one day save her life.

“I think it’s great,” she said. “I won’t have to worry about that stuff. I’ll go to sleep safely… It is peace of mind.”

“Statistics show that working smoke alarms in homes can substantially reduce the risk of fire death in residential fires,” said fire chief Manuel Neves.

“It’s an early warning signal so that they can get up and get out safely as possible,” said Damien Kim of Local Union 1186 IBEW. “The national average is over 50 percent of house fires people don’t have smoke detectors, so we want to see if we can put it in everybody’s home in the state.”

Approximately 3,500 smoke alarms have been installed in more than 700 homes since the program started in October 2008.