Saturday, November 08, 2008

Your friendly 4 am wake up call

This is what I woke up to Wednesday morning at 4 am. ALL of our Fire Alarms going off. I panic jump out of bed and start running around the house trying to find the "fire". No fire anywhere!!! Still panicking because they are all still going off and we have one in all the bedrooms, so far both boys are still asleep, I dont know how, its loud enough to wake the dead. Noah is at work and has the car and I have no idea what to do. I call him at work, no answer. The alarms are still going off and I start to wonder if there is a fire in our neighbors house who we are connected too, so I go peek out the front door, no sign of a fire. I get out the stool to try and get the alarms down and even on the stool I can not reach them, can barely prey out the batteries, which only makes it stop blaring at me and start beeping at me. I call Noah again, still no answer. Now Braddoc wakes up (first time the whole night, makes me wonder "Would he have made it the whole night if it weren't for this?") So I am trying to call down his cries so the combo of that and the alarms dont wake Landon. Noah finally calls back and is no help at all. I call maintenance and they say it will be a few hours. "WHAT? Its 4:30 and I have 6 alarms going off and kids trying to sleep." Finally he tells me that he will try his boss and call me back. Then Noahs walks through the door, Thank goodness. He came home long enough to get the beeping to stop and take down the ones that would not stop. YEAH!!!! Well the next day the rest of them go off again.... oh what fun! Luckily Noah was home and got them all down. It was just the batteries! Figures they would all go out at once. But it was weird, usually it just beeps every few minutes annoyingly "CHANGE ME!!!" this time however they actually went off non stop. Crazy!!! Not my idea of a nice wake up call, but it did get me out of bed and wake me right up!!!

5 comments:

jamiegilson said...

That's terrible. Note to self: don't change smoke alarm batteries all on the same day? That's crazy that they all went out at the same time 2 nights in a row. Can't they tell what time of day it is?

Isn't that crazy that smoke alarms are supposed to wake people up, but especially the little ones, it takes way too long. I remember watching a news thing about it so we tested it on our own kids. Nope, 2 mins. later even though the alarm was right outside their rooms, nothing. Which is way too long to wait around when there's a fire. It was a news piece on a new smoke alarm (I'm not sure how new now and we still have yet to look into them) but a smoke alarm that you can record your voice calling for your kids. The kids responded to their parents voices, but not the annoyingly loud sound. Now that you reminded me of that story, maybe I'll look into them again. Sorry you had those few lousy nights.

Amanda XOX said...

You're in a new house! I can't believe you have to change batteries already!?!

Duke, Kathryn, & Seamus said...

At least you know they work....but good grief! What an awful way to wake up for no reason!

Boston Family said...

you poor thing. What a crazy night!

The Hoffman's said...

What a nightmare!!! We had a similar experience last spring while our landlords were in New Zeland. They have a house alarm with sensors everywhere, and on night we were woken up by it going off, then the alarm voice says "pool in basement" and it keeps repeating itself. we were confused, but figured out that there was sensor on the floor in the utitily room, and somehow the wood it was attached to had become a little damp and set it off. Apparently the security system didn't have the option of the word flood, so the "pool" was a flood warning - and a false alarm!
The following night, however, was another story. . .