So guess what I learned today?  In our new house (well, newer than our last house) all these fancy fire alarms are linked together.  Without any warning at all, the battery failed in one of the alarms.  Do you know what happens when all of the alarms are linked and one of them goes off?  THEY ALL GO OFF!  I searched the house for smoke, I sniffed for gas, I climbed in the attack.  I started to make a list of all the things I needed to get out of the house if there really was a fire.  The family photo albums go first, then my computer, what about my art work?  OR MY STAR WARS TOYS!?!?!?!  I came to the conclusion that I would be kicking the window out of the office and then just chucking stuff out to save it.

So, I couldn’t figure out why the alarms were going off and we ended up evacuating the house and calling the non-emergency line for the fire dept.  I am thankful and grateful that the firemen respond to all calls at the same speed (even though it was the non-emergency line).  They searched through the house, found the smoke detector with the red light, and replaced the battery.  WHEW!  (I hope I don’t get a bill for that!  wait, I already paid with my taxes right?)  The kids had fun, and my nephew slept through the whole thing.  I’m going to suggest that we trade him in for a watch dog.


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2 Responses

  1. SHellie says:

    Wow, you climbed in the attack? That’s pretty cool. We have an attic at our house, but I’m sure an “attack” is much nicer.

  2. Roy says:

    It’s not that they’re actually linked together. It’s that they can “hear” each other.

    When one of them goes off it’s heard by the next nearest one and so on, and so forth.

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