Chris, thanks for giving me the idea of installing a battery-operated smoke detector. When I saw the smoke detector at the booth, I couldn't be happier. I had read your comment in my blog in the morning and that same evening, I saw the smoke detector for sale at the carnival.
I bought the 3-in-1 set which consists of a fire extinguisher, smoke detector and fire blanket. The set is sold at a promotional price of RM170.
Now there is peace of mind at home.
Note to self: when I get back to KL, remember to place the battery into the smoke detector to activate it!
If you haven't already gotten a fire retardant set for your home, it's time you get a set now.