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What was that noise?

What noise?
That chirping noise.
I didn’t hear it. Maybe it was the blackberry.
Does it chirp?
Well, sometimes, yeah. I’m not sure what it’s telling me. At least it rings when there’s a phone call.
Wait, there it is again.
OK, I heard it this time. It’s the smoke detector, isn’t it?
I think so.

I check upstairs and downstairs and all around and discover that the house is not burning down. The noise stopped….temporarily.

It started up again at about 2:00 this morning and then chirped periodically all night. Tuffy P went on-line to discover some web entries suggesting that our our brand of hard-wired smoke detectors sucks and can chirp without a fire for all kinds of reasons from dust to old back-up batteries. Of course it isn’t obvious how to get at the back-up batteries or even what they look like.

I should say that I didn’t get much sleep last night. Sleeping through a chirping smoke alarm is most difficult. I’m going to try to not be grumpy today.

2 Comments

  1. Spicecat

    If you read the label on the back of the smoke detector closely it may tell you, as mine did, that it expires in 7 years. And, true to the label, 7 years after we installed all of ours, they have been going, one by one. I bought new ones and installed them, but read the label–there’s an expiration date in another 7 years… I think I should buy stockes in Kidde Fire Protection.

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