A no-cost smoke alarm installation program has been established by the Maui County Fire Department. The program’s goal is to provide and install smoke alarms for the high-risk members of the community.
Eligibility will be determined through an application process. Once approved, a trained team will perform an in-home inspection and offer education and installation for the alarms. There will be follow-up phone surveys at six-month intervals to check on the satisfaction and function of the alarms, and to impart additional education on fire safety.
Preference will be given to home and apartment owners, as well as at-risk groups like seniors and families with small children that are financially challenged. Those who cannot afford or install smoke alarms will also be given preference.
Once accepted into the program, a member of the S.A.M. (Smoke Alarm Maui) team will make contact with the family or individual and schedule a visit. A family member 18 or older must be at home. The S.A.M. team will install the smoke alarms and test them.
Education is an important part of the program, as those accepted will be asked to develop a fire safety plan for their residence. This will include drawing and practicing a fire escape plan, setting a meeting place for family members, a monthly test of the smoke alarms and responding to follow-up surveys. The S.A.M. team will also do a home inspection, give fire safety tips and leave behind literature on fire safety.
On Molokai, application forms can be found at the Office of Aging. Contact Rachelle at 553-5241. Call Molokai Fire Inspector Rick Schonely at the Fire Prevention Bureau on Molokai for more information or an application, 553-8491 or by fax 553-8241.