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Red Cross and Honolulu Fire Department Promote Fire Safety

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“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death by home fires in half,” said Coralie Matayoshi.

With home fires as the biggest disaster threat facing families in the State of Hawaii, American Red Cross volunteers, in partnership with the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and Starbucks, will be going door-to-door in the Kapalama neighborhood on the morning of Saturday, November 15, 2014 to discuss fire safety with residents, distribute fire safety door hangers and schedule appointments for smoke alarm installations.  The HFD will be installing smoke alarms in approximately 100 homes on January 19, 2015. 

The goal of this effort is to continue the HFD’s Smoke Alarms for Everyone (SAFE) program and to kick-off the Red Cross home fire prevention campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within 5 years.  

Across the Nation, the American Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters each year (About 1 every 8 minutes), and in Hawaii, we respond to disasters every 4 days.  More than 90 percent of these disasters are fire-related.

“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death by home fires in half,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii Red Cross. “As a part of our work to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, our local Red Cross Clubs are educating the community and providing vital information on fire safety and the importance of maintaining working smoke alarms.” 

When a home fire or other disaster occurs, the Hawaii Red Cross assists with the immediate needs of those affected such as food, clothing, shelter and crisis counseling. People can support those in the local community affected by disasters like home fires by making a donation to the Hawaii Red Cross by going to or calling 808-739-8109. Those wishing to learn more about home fire safety should visit