Firewise Committee

News and Events:
Hulu Holoholo – Emergency Road Open House,  June 18, 2022. For more information about this event and to view a video of the emergency exit road, please visit our Hulu Holoholo website.
 
Hawaii Has Spent Decades Priming Itself For More Wildfires – From Honolulu Civil Beat, May 22, 2022.

About Us:
 
The WVA Firewise Committee is a unique committee of the WVA. It was initiated by WVA Members who wished to implement a program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) called Firewise USA Communities. This program enables local organizations to implement procedures and guidelines that reduce the risk of wildfires and therein become part of the nationally recognized Firewise USA network.
 
Waikōloa Village obtained Firewise Certification in 2016 and has renewed this certification each year since.
 
The purpose of the WVA Firewise Committee is to provide education, leadership, and direction to help WVA Members adapt to living with wildfire risks, and to encourage all neighbors in the community to work together and take action to prevent losses. This page is dedicated to providing you with information about risk, mitigation, and best practices to keep you and your ʻohana safe.
 
Committee documents can be found on the Members page under the Firewise Committee heading.
 
Reducing Fire Risks in Your Home:
 
Smoke Alarms
When did you last change the batteries in your smoke alarms. If you can’t remember, it’s time to do it. Although we don’t change our clocks twice a year, consider changing your batteries twice a year, when the mainland changes its clocks.
 
Fire Extinguishers
With proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save lives and property. Many adults might not know how or when to use fire extinguishers. The U.S. Fire Administration provides a guide to Choosing and Using Fire Extinguishers.
 
Surge Protector/Power Strip Safety
Every year, thousands of fires result from the improper use of, or damaged surge protectors, power strips and electrical cords.
 
Fire Causes and Risks
The National Fire Protection Association: Public Education site contains a huge variety of resources to help keep you safe from fire. It provides information on the top five home fire risks, safety tip sheets for each of the risks, guidelines for making your home more fire resistant, etc. There are also resources for our keiki, including links to Sparky Schoolhouse resources.
 
Preparing for Wildfires:
 
The community of Waikōloa Village is one of the most at-risk communities in the state, due to its high winds, history of nearby human-caused ignitions, location on the wildland-urban interface, and prevalence of fire-prone vegetation. The area has been the site of all of the largest fires in recent state history. A history of wildfires in our area can be viewed here.
 
Its residents are living with under-addressed fire hazards that are located both adjacent to and within the subdivision, and that lie under the responsibility of diverse parties to address. It is only a matter of time before the next large wildfire will threaten the community. There is great need to foster perpetual proactive community action toward preventing ignitions, reducing fuels, and increasing emergency preparedness and planning. [Waikōloa Village Firewise Community Hazard Assessment, 10/16]
 
 
Report Firewise Activity
 
You can help us retain our certification, while improving the safety of your home. When you engage in any activities to reduce your fire risk, please record this information on our Firewise Recording Form. You can scan the QR Code below to open the Recording Form. 
 
The following are some examples of activities that help keep our community Firewise:
  • Landscaping around your property to reduce vegetation load (eg: removing grass, tree branches, bushes, anything flammable, etc.), or contracting a company to do this for you
  • Clearing flammable debris from around/on your home (eg: cleaning gutters, , removing leaves from the base of structures, etc.)
  • Recording your green waste weight when you drop it off at the Transfer Station
  • Altering your home to be less likely to ignite due to wild fire (eg: install a fire-resistant class A roof, cleaning out gutters, etc.)
  • Developing and practicing an emergency evacuation plan (with your neighbors and family)
  • Attending meetings or educational events to increase community involvement
  • Participating/assisting with Firewise activities within or around your community
  • Rental of a commercial container to remove green waste from yours and neighbors' properties

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