HFD Warns of Smoke Detector Inspection Scam

The Hawai`i County Fire Department says it has received numerous public complaints regarding solicitations for inspection and/or installation of smoke detectors.

According to HFD, the resident would be offered a free smoke detector inspection and battery replacement. Then, solicitation for the purchase of new systems would take place.

The solicitations have reportedly begun with a notice that they were there with the approval of HFD.

Fire Chief Darren Rosario said Friday in a release that, “the Hawai`i County Fire Department would like to stress that the Department has NOT provided any individual or company with any support or approval for smoke detector inspections on behalf of the Fire Department.”

HFD is advising the community to have the solicitor provide identification and if there is any doubt in the validity of the solicitor’s identity and/or representation the public should contact HFD by calling 932-2900 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or 961-8336 after hours or on weekends.

The department is also asking the public to document the solicitor’s vehicle license plate number and identification if it is safe to do so.

HFD runs a smoke detector installation program for select population demographics. HFD personnel will always be in their HFD uniform and arrive in an official HFD vehicle.