Be Prepared for Home Fires


You and your family can prevent and prepare for a home fire with two simple steps:

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Step 1

Practice fire drills at home.

Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

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Step 2

Test your smoke alarms monthly.

Make sure you and your family are alerted as soon as a fire is detected. If the smoke alarm isn't working, change the batteries.

The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes

That is why we launched the Home Fire Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. To date in Hawaii we have:

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Conducted 148 in-home visits.

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Created 127 evacuation plans.

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Replaced 24 smoke alarm batteries.

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Installed more than 585 smoke alarms

volunteers installing free smoke alarms

100-year old Kaimuki resident Eunice Masumura and her daughter Muriel Masumura were happy to have Red Cross volunteers, the Honolulu Fire Department, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 1186, come to their home to install free smoke alarms and share fire safety information with them. “We are both seniors and so I know it’s important to have smoke alarms,” said Muriel. “I am so grateful that the Red Cross has this program.”

  • You can sign up for free smoke alarms by calling 739-8111.
  • We also have adaptive smoke alarms available for people with sight or hearing problems.
  • Our next installation with the Honolulu Fire Department will be in January 2016. Please check back soon!

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