Smoke detectors save lives, there is no doubt about that, but before they save your life they might just make you crazy! If you are a Facebook friend you may have seen this photo of Bailie two weeks ago. We were all awakened in the middle of the night when one of the detectors went off for no reason. The same one did it again two nights later, so Mom ripped it out of the ceiling and took out the battery.
Our number one question is, “Why do they only go off in the middle of the night?” One would think if we can put people into space, we could invent a detector that flashes a big light or something before it goes off when there is no fire. Tuesday night we went to bed, were sound asleep, and another one went nuts on us at three am. We have four within ten feet of each other so it is hard to determine which one is being bad. Mom bolted out of bed, grabbed the ladder and immediately ripped two more out of the ceiling. We have nine total, and by morning, they were all ripped out and in a pile.
Mom said ours were too old and we needed new ones so she headed to the store and came back with all new ones. Luckily I can use power tools and could help put up the new ones. Work is super busy right now which means Mom was not pleased wasting time on these naughty smoke detectors. She skipped the electrical ones and went for this ten year battery deal. I figure I’ll be almost fourteen when they lose their minds, and maybe even hard of hearing. This is good for me.
I got right to work and fired up my battery powered screwdriver power tool. Being short, I needed a big ladder, and balancing was not easy, but I got the job done. The entire family is grateful Mom bought new ones and they are all installed.
In case you don’t know, ten years is the maximum lifespan for smoke detectors. Ours were way over, so it’s no wonder they went nuts on us! Hopefully we can sleep through the night again because being jolted out of bed by the beeping is no fun, with the exception of Olivia who looks, rolls over, and goes back to sleep. The new detectors look nice and white, and we hope they keep us safe for the next decade. We are thankful to have them if they behave nicely!
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