Smoke Detector Going Off
OK, I don't really hate smoke detectors, but I was not very happy with ours last night. We have a ridiculous number of smoke detectors in our house (my father-in-law is a retired fireman) so every bedroom and every hallway has one.
Last night about 2:00AM the one in the girls' bedroom AND the one in the hall outside their door decided they had low batteries and needed to start chirping. It's a very high pitched and annoying sound. Of course this woke the girls up and they had to wake us up to tell us they couldn't sleep with all that noise.
So, Mike drug a chair out of the kitchen to stand on and took out the batteries thinking we would get to the store to buy replacements the next day. But guess what? The smoke detectors are hardwired into the house, so that didn't stop the chirping. He took the smoke detectors down and unplugged them...that didn't work either. They were STILL chirping and by this time the boys were also awake and everyone was standing in the hall looking at the ceiling. Well, except me. I was in bed with a pillow over my head trying to go back to sleep. He finally put them in the linen closet and covered them with a couple of towels hoping to muffle the sound (which I didn't discover until this morning).
Needless to say, it took a while before we were all settled back into our beds and no one wanted to get up this morning, me included. I can't really sleep with a pillow over my head. :)
I guess there's a lesson in all this. Replace those batteries BEFORE the smoke detectors start chirping so they don't wake you up in the wee hours.