Dammit! It happened again. I have written several posts about the dog gone smoke alarms going off in the middle of the night. It’s terrifying. There has never been a fire. Sometimes we get the rhythmic beeping (or throbbing) that a new battery is needed. Some have been a full out alarm that should signify a fire or at least smoke.
It usually goes off between 3 and 4 a.m. Last week we were lucky (sort of). It waited until 5:30. It was still dark. It was a full alarm. I almost had a heart attack. There was a herd of cats galloping to get under the bed. Had there been a fire, I’m not sure how quick I would have been and with all that racket there would be no chance of rescuing the cats.
By code we are required to have 5 second floor alarms (bedrooms and hallway). In our house it works out that all of them are installed within a 10 foot radius. There are no long hallways. Just a landing and each bedroom is off the landing which puts this incredible number of whining sirens so close that it could kill a person from fright.
When one goes off, they all do. A battery went bad on this last round so they all went off on full alarm. It was louder than a rock band on acid. I am convinced I suffered hearing loss.
The cats were terrified. It took hours before the cats would come out from under the bed. The offending alarm was located in the cat bedroom so they were not keen on entering that room either.
I am a fan of safety. I am also a fan of logic and reason. We cannot alter the alarms or remove any as it would void our homeowners’ insurance. I really don’t need 5 alarms situated 15’ from my bed. I am not that hearing impaired. Even with a bedroom door closed you can hear it very well.
The beloved husband was already up when it happened so he was quick to act. (Had he been sleeping, the entire system would be on the front lawn and he’s the one with patience!) We have no idea why it didn’t just chirp for a new battery. By the way, the battery was 13 months old. It has an electrical connection so I’m not sure what eats up the battery.
My suggestion is to install Siri (or Alexa) in it and have her chirp “new battery please!” That would work for us. We don’t need the skull splitting noise.
The good news (?) is that it happened when we were home so the cats didn’t have to endure the ear splitting noise for long. (We still don’t have an exit plan for getting the cats out.) The other good news is that it was all in vain. No smoke, no fire. Just sheer terror.
Here is my post from the last time this happened!