On behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) joins
the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other safety advocates to remind
the public of and emphasize fire safety during the 2021 Fire Prevention Week (FPW).
This year, the HFD promotes the NFPA’s 2021 fire safety message, “Learn the Sounds
of Fire Safety™.”

According to the NFPA, working smoke alarms in the home reduce the risk of dying in a
reported fire by more than half. Almost three out of five home fire deaths occur in
homes with no smoke alarms (41 percent) or smoke alarms that failed to operate
(16 percent). Missing or nonfunctional power sources, disconnected batteries, dead
batteries, disconnected hardwired alarms, or other alternating current power issues are
the most common factors, as to why smoke alarms fail to operate.

“The HFD urges everyone to be very proactive and never take fire safety for granted,”
Acting Fire Chief Lionel Camara Jr. said. “Checking smoke alarms and recognizing the
sounds they make may seem routine, but it is important. Remember, dismantling
alarms because you think they are malfunctioning could result in serious or even deadly

This year’s theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” encourages people to better
understand the reasons smoke alarms may sound and learn the effective action steps
when they hear them. The campaign also addresses special considerations for the deaf
and hard of hearing and information about carbon monoxide alarms.

The HFD encourages the public to follow these safety tips regarding smoke alarms:
 Place smoke alarms in every bedroom, in hallways leading to the
bedrooms, and on every level of the home.
 Test smoke alarms monthly. Press the test button to ensure the alarm
is working.
 Chirping smoke alarms may mean the batteries must be replaced. If
the alarm continues to chirp after the batteries are replaced, replace
the alarm.
 Smoke alarms with a manufacturer date older than ten years should be
 Smoke alarms powered by a nine-volt battery need annual
 Install a bed shaker and strobe light alarms for hard of hearing family
 Ensure everyone in the home recognizes the sound of a smoke alarm
and knows how to respond.

For more information about FPW programs and activities on Oahu, please go to the
HFD’s website at or inquire with the HFD’s Community
Relations Office at 723-7166