Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Midnight Handyman

Last week when Terry was out of town, I awoke at 3:00 a.m. to the distinctive chirp the smoke detector makes when it's battery is running low. I remember that it freaked out the dog who invited herself up into my bed, and I remember that it beeped at least twice. I put the pillow over my head and thankfully fell back to sleep and remembered nothing else about the night.

It remained silent throughout the day, but I mentioned it to Terry when he returned that day, and he said he'd take care of it this weekend.

"It's awfully high," he said of the smoke detector on our 12 foot ceilings. Even his 6 foot frame would need more than a stepstool to reach it, but he promised to take care of it this weekend. I did my part by making sure that we had some 9-volt batteries so that when he was inspired, he'd be properly equipped.

That night, at almost the exact same time, the chirping began.  It chirped once.  It seemed almost immediately to sound the warning again.  And again. 

I heard Terry get up, which left me in charge of keeping the freaked out dog off the bed.  He came back in, tennis shoes shoved onto his feet, carrying the ladder from the garage. I got up and gave him a new battery (which he was surprised that I actually had on hand).

A few minutes later the dog was on her bed and we were back on ours, ready to face the threat of smoke and fire for another 6 months or so.

I'm sure that there's a moral to the story. I'm not sure what it is.  Perhaps you can tell me.  I can only hope that the next time the battery runs low, it alerts us on a Saturday at 2:00 p.m. -- prime "honey-do" hours -- instead of in the middle of the night.


Carrie said...

Ours consistently go off in the middle of the night. Only instead of freaking the dog out, it freaks the children out which is tons of fun! We have often wondered why it can't go off during daylight hours.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Carrie--we had a power transformer issue that freaked out our whole electrical system, and the alarm went off in full fire mode for at LEAST 5 minutes in the middle of the night, and both children slept through it!!

planetnomad said...

When we moved into our new house, the smoke alarm went off every single time we even turned the stove on! It was obviously set way too high. We all got really good at turning it off with a broom handle. Those high-pitched beeps make me INSANE!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Every single time ours run low on batteries, they chirp in the middle of the night. Every. time. So annoying...