#*&!@ Smoke Alarm

My eyes are bleary and red, and they sting as I try and focus on my screen. At 4:20 this morning, Saturday morning, our smoke alarm decided to begin beeping. Not the loud blasting noise that indicates we should grab our babies and make haste, no, this was the little, intermittent, but still very loud, *beep* that lets us know the alarm needs a little love.

After shaking off the grog and disorientation of 4:20 in the morning, we figured out what it was, and all we wanted to do was turn the dang thing off so it wouldn’t wake up the kids. Is there anything more desperate than a parent trying to keep a kid asleep? We thought the battery was low, but it turns out our alarm is wired directly into our electrical system. My husband is standing up on the kid’s plastic potty-stool in the hallway, trying to fidget with it in the ceiling, and managed to disconnect it. As it is sitting in his hands, no wires attached, it beeps again!! We have a possessed smoke alarm! HOW does an alarm that is off it’s power source still give off annoying and timely beeps every few minutes?

So now I am downstairs, at 5 o’clock in the morning, on a Saturday, trying to download the manual for our smoke alarm. At least the kids didn’t wake up. The dang thing is still chirping at us, but it’s burried under a pillow until we find the manual. Did I mention it is Saturday?

7 thoughts on “#*&!@ Smoke Alarm

  1. Oh, I am so sorry! I completely understand the whole “keep kids asleep” thing. Glad they stayed in bed, and hopefully you got a nap today.

    Our smoke detector is also harwired into our electrical system. I always wondered about how they worked. Where did you look to find the manaul, did you just google the brand?

  2. Just googled the brand and went to their website. They had manuals for each model and you could download in Adobe. Actually really convenient, consindering how obnoxious the beeping was!

  3. What a pain!

    I went to a show once where the fire alarm went off. No one could hear it over the band, so the security guy had to interrupt and ask us all to exit. Turns out a water main had broken in another part of the building, but they couldn’t turn the alarm off–and it was the loudest, most obnoxious noise I’ve ever heard (once the band stopped you could hear it). The band ended up doing an impromptu jam using the alarm as a beat, it was funny.

  4. I hate the alarms that are hardwired into your house. I understand the concept of “if a fire is on the other side of the house, you want to know about it”, but I thin it just goes way too far. My parents old house had this and let me tell you it was a pain. They lived on a hill and in the spring the fog would build up and it would actually get foggy in our house. That would make the alarms go off around the whole house! Finally my mom just dismantled all of them. Good thing we never had a fire!

  5. mark and i just got home from a trip and found the security alarm beeping. when we tried to do something, the burglar alarm went off. since we have only lived in the house for a year and never got security service, we had no idea what to do or who to call. with that shrill noise it is hard to think – i ripped it off the wall. of course, the alarm continued. i jumped up and down on it and ripped it’s guts out. it stopped. later, i found that it was connected to the phone lines and i had severed the connection. oops. isn’t technology wonderful?

    love, —t

  6. I took all batteries out of my 4 smoke alarms and disconnected from ceiling. Found they do still chirp. Called First Alert mfg and was told there is a little memory chip in each, so you need to hold in the “test” button for 45 seconds to completely discharge the darn thing. That quiets them.

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