500th fire alarm installed in homes as part of program

The Maui County Fire Department and Public Safety installed its 500th fire alarm in Maui County homes last month, finishing a grant-funded program that began earlier this year, the department announced.

The Smoke Alarm Maui program was awarded $10,000 by the Assistance to Firefighters Public Education Grant Program. It launched Jan. 12.

Firefighters and officials with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers placed free alarms in 115 homes, including 27 on Molokai and four on Lanai, the announcement said.

The final alarms were installed Oct. 28.

Participating homeowners and families completed a home safety survey during installations, and fire officials explained the importance of “making home escape plans, considerations for fire and life safety, and how to maintain fire alarms,” the announcement said.

Despite reaching its goal, the program recently received 500 more alarms from the State Fire Council and will continue to install them in Maui County homes at no cost. Applications are available at the Kaunoa Senior Center, the Maui County Office on Aging and at all county fire stations.

The department encouraged residents to make and practice fire escape plans, install smoke alarms and test them regularly.

For more information and online applications, visit vention or call Inspector Kapono Stupplebeen at 244-9161, ext. 27.