Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Outside Philadelphia, PA
Sorry to hear about your loss.
As for smoke detectors, if possible, use ones that, in addition to the battery, are also wired into the AC of your house. That way, if you forget to change batteries, as long as you have AC power, they will still work. They can also be wired together, so that if one goes off, all of them in the house go off. The downside is that they are more expensive, and may require professional installation.