Why are smoke alarms important?
Well, for the obvious reason, to let us know (loudly) that either something smoky is cooking/ baking or that there is an actual fire happening.
Smoke alarms have been around since the late 1890s- the first having been patented in 1902 by George Andrew Darby.
Although a recent statistic indicated that smoke alarms are now installed in 96% of homes, 30 percent of those alarms are estimated to not work due to aging, removal of batteries, or failure to replace old batteries.
How to change your smoke alarm battery:
If you hear a chirping sound coming from your smoke alarm, it's time to change the battery. Batteries are recommended to be replaced every 6 months.