Sunday, December 7, 2008

In Case Of A Fire.......

Don't expect this to alert you to it!


The other IMPORTANT half to the smoke detector is. . . Well, it went like this. A few nights ago I was up late with a congested head and as hard as I tried to go to sleep I could not. Finally about about 2 a.m. I drifted off to sleep. It wasn't 20 minutes later that I awoke to a chirping sound from the hall. Of course it was a familiar sound! I thought "Why is it that EVERY time a smoke detector's batteries go dead it's in the middle of the freaking night?" Is it just me or does this happen in every household? Is there a smoke detector conspiracy?



So I climbed out of bed. Fortunately for the rest of the family they are dead head sleepers and didn't stir at the noise. For me it was unbearable! I knew that there wasn't a 9 volt battery anywhere in the house to replace it with and so I pulled up a chair to reach it and dismantle it. Well the dismantling part isn't difficult and I quickly disconnected the electrical wires from it. It continued to chirp. I opened the battery box and removed the battery. It continued to chirp. I checked all over to see if there was an OFF button. . . nope! What in the world is supposed to stop these things from working??? Frustrated by now, I went in to my husband, who was snoring like usual and woke him. "How do I get this thing to stop?" I asked. His brilliant response was "I don't know" and he rolled over and went right back to sleep. I was holding that beast and it was still chirping. How was I ever going to get any sleep with this thing? I finally came up with a plan and I walked to the front door, unlocked it and chucked that smoke detector as far as I could throw it right out on the lawn! It was back to bed for me and right to sleep this time!



I had forgot about the night's events as I got ready for work the next day. It wasn't until I opened the door and discovered something foreign out on the grass. OH YES! There was that detector and it had finally quieted down. At this point I was able to get a big laugh out of it! What possessed me to throw it outside? I have decided that those smoke detectors are of the devil and I am opting for a better piece of equipment to inform us of a fire. No batteries required!!




And the cool part is that if you really do have a fire, you can sit outside and eat popcorn while the fire department battles the blaze! BONUS!!

11 comments:

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

you know that would be funny if my house wouldn't be burning down at the same time!

Jean Knee said...

Haa, I love it.

the same thing happened to me when we rented a house on vacation. I pulled it down from the wall, removed the batteries and the stinkin thing kept beeping. WTF? I threw it in the garage.


how do those things beep with no power???

Busty LaRue said...

Do you remember the Friends episode where that happens to Phoebe? She put hers down the garbage chute.

I'm not sure the popcorn thing would work. If the rest of the fam sleeps like the dead, then you'd be the only one to wake up to the popcorn....

dana wyzard said...

On a dark and lonely night...ohhhhhh....I kept hearing this weird chirping noise. But I was alone, so I thought it was Mike Myers coming to get me. The noise was in ALL the rooms, sounding oddly spooky and reverberating. I finally heard it coming up the heating ducts. It was the one in the basement.....another problem. . . (YOU DON'T GO IN THE BASEMENT) that's how all the women in the movies end up dead!

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

Yeah. My smoke alarms are possessed with the evil spirits of former battery company executives. They're determined to either drive me crazy or keep me feeding a neverending supply of batteries into the mouth of their beeping beast.

Sabii Wabii said...

How funny is that! Right on!

Lizard said...

Ahh, those lovely smoke detectors. How I love thee. :) I, too, thought of Phoebe's predecament while I read your post. It made me chuckle, not gonna lie.

PJ said...

Ba,ha,ha! The smell of pop corn would wake up my family!

Nancy Face said...

You are HILARIOUS! :D

Jen said...

My in-laws' went off in the middle of the night once when my hubby was a teenager, and he walked out of his room and threw his alarm clock down the stairs and went back to bed in his disoriented confusion. Thanks for bringing that memory back to me.

Love the new look. I am having a blog decor identity crisis that is very dreadful. I wish I could settle into something nice.

Tinsell and Whimsy said...

They beep because of the sheer will to live. I can relate to this one too.........my alarm had a bit different fate, however, it was hit by a broom handle that made a hole in the ceiling..........I ended up with a hanging chandelier detector for a short period of time.
Love your writing........I am a first time visitor.......I shall return.
Sue