October 20, 2011 | 08:52 PM
Many new homes come with hard-wired smoke alarms, that also have a battery backup. When one goes off, they all go off. As a firefighter myself, the main problem seems to be lack of working smoke alarms, and sometimes not enough of them. If you truly can't afford a smoke detector, stop by the fire department and I'll give you one if we have them, I'll even help you put it in if needed. I don't know if I would trust a 10-year battery though... I'd stick with the regular 9-volt batteries, they don't cost much at all, but are priceless when they save your life and property. Use them... they're a cheap form of insurance, can mean the difference between a small fire, or a catastrophe.