The Hawaiian news reports a national initiative to save lives from fires is helping kupuna on Oahu.
As part of its “Sound the Alarm” campaign, the Red Cross is installing 100,000 alarms in 100 cities.
In Hawaii, the organization says the goal is 1,000 new smoke alarms and so far, more than 800 have been installed.
“We focused on vulnerable populations like the elderly and disabled those who need to get out of their house because you only have two minutes to get out of your house,” said Coralie Matayoshi, American Red Cross regional CEO.
On Monday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined Red Cross staff to install the latest smoke alarm at Clem Crow’s home in Palolo.
“Smoke alarms save lives. People who have smoke alarms have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a fire in your home,” Caldwell said.