Tips for staying safe during a building fire

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – A fire can happen anytime and anywhere, however careful you are. The best way to be safe and avoid extreme damage and injury is to be prepared and to be alert to the actions you need to take in the event of a fire.

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) responded to several reports of building fires in Oahu. The most recent took place on Thursday, September 2.

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According to HFD, firefighters responded to a 911 call regarding a building fire in Ewa Beach on Thursday. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found smoke from the extension of a residential building. HFD said a 60-year-old man was trying to put out a smoking mattress.

HFD contained the fire to the contents of the building and extinguished the fire completely. It is not known what caused the blaze and no injuries were reported, officials said.

Friday August 27, firefighters fought another blaze in a two-story house in Manoa. Authorities reported that three people living in the house were evacuated without injury, but an 86-year-old woman was seriously injured trying to escape the blaze.

Another building fire incident occurred on Saturday August 14, when firefighters responded to a fire in a two-story multi-story building on Waialae Avenue. HFD reported damage to the building is estimated at $ 340,000 with an additional $ 10,000 for its contents.

Officials said the building did not have a working smoke detector.

Honolulu fire crews respond to a house fire on Waialae Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 14, 2021. (Photo Gordon Fahey)

To prevent a fire from occurring and to stay safe during a fire, the HFD has provided the following fire safety tips:

  • Functional smoke alarms must be installed and maintained in your home. They can halve the risk of dying in a home fire.
  • Home fire sprinklers can control or extinguish a fire. Sprinklers can reduce the heat, flames and smoke produced during a fire. By having these sprinklers installed, you may have more time to escape a fire.
  • Create an escape or evacuation plan from the house. You can draw a map to display each level of your house or building that shows where all the doors and windows are, as well as a way out of each room. The plan should also include a designated area outside for people to meet. Practice the plan with everyone in your household, including visitors.
  • Teach your kids to escape on their own in case you can’t help them. Make sure they can open windows, remove screens, and unlock doors.
  • Make sure there is someone who is able to help children, the elderly and the disabled. They may need help waking up and out of a building in the event of a fire.

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By following all of these tips, you, your family and friends can stay safe in the event of a fire.

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