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Smoke Alarm Requirments

According to FEMA’s book on “The United States Fire Administration. State – by – state Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements” the State of Hawaii has requirements for Smoke alarms as follows:
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According to the 1994 Uniform Building Code Section 310.9.1 adopted by Hawaii, residents are required to install smoke detectors in all new and renovated dwelling units.

Follow these simple rules when installing smoke detectors:
1. Install smoke detectors in each hallway on every floor of your home. Place smoke detectors near bedrooms.

2. Install one in every bedroom and sleeping area.

3. Install them on the ceiling at least four inches away from every wall or install them on a wall 4-12 inches below the ceiling.

4. Install them away from air vents or wind currents.

5. Do not install in the kitchen or bathroom to prevent false alarms from normal cooking or steam from bathing.

6. Learn to recognize the sound of the alarm.

For more information please visit: http://www.honolulu.gov/HFD/smoke_detectors.htm
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I could not get the last link to open for me. I did call the Fire Department and the Fire Prevention Office, neither office could tell me the requirement and referred me to the Department of Planning and Permitting.

FEMA’s Book on Smoke Alarms
http://realestateinvestingtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Smoke-Alarms-Save-Lives-FEMA.pdf

Another link with a diagram is here:
http://www.hermosabch.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=577

I hope this helps.

One Team Realty, LLC

 


Follow up. I got this in an email from the City and Country. Research Branch, Building Division, Department of Planning and Permitting

Smoke alarm requirement:

  1. New Apartment Building:

Approved single-station smoke alarms shall be installed outside every sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and on all levels of the dwelling unit, including basement.

In buildings other than those protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with the code, approved single-station smoke alarms shall be installed in every sleeping room.

  1. Existing Apartment Building

In buildings other than those equipped throughout with an existing, complete automatic smoke detection system, approved sing-station smoke alarms shall be installed outside every sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and on all levels of the dwelling unit, including basements.

  1. One- and Two-Family Dwellings

1)       All sleeping rooms in other than existing one- and two-family dwellings

2)       Outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms

3)       On each level of the dwelling unit, including basements

Posted by: Darren Holbrook on May 25, 2016
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