The chirp of a smoke alarm

When Nov. 7 rolls around, firemen will remind us once again to change the batteries in our smoke alarms. I am an older widow and my alarm started chirping ... I phoned our local fire department and left a message asking if a volunteer could come and change the battery in my alarm for a fee.

They did not reply. I would like to suggest that a volunteer take a few hours each month to change batteries for older people. I know they would gladly pay a fee for this service. I climbed on a ladder to change mine and could not get the cover off. It chirped every 15 seconds for four weeks before I had someone change it for me. Do you know what it is like hearing the chirping constantly?

Mary Ellen Chaney