My eyes are open and I’m listening for something… but why? it’s still dark out. What time is it? 3:15! Why am I awake? Just then a noise happens, oh, that’s why, a smoke alarm battery has died. Why do they always expire in the middle of the night?! Maybe it’s just a fluke, perhaps there was a blip in the electrical power that caused it to beep and it won’t go off again. I lay there hoping for silence…but no…there it goes again.
I have to act. I get up to figure out which smoke alarm it is- the office one. Ok, so now I have to go downstairs for the ladder, to be able to reach it. Darn it, the ladder is heavy and I really don’t want to be doing this right now, but I have to.
It crosses my mind if I had a husband this would be his job. I could still be in my warm bed instead of in the garage getting a ladder. But just as quickly another thought pops into my head- no, most husbands have to be the Alpha and I am the Alpha in this house, so just get the ladder and get the job done!
I see a chair and decided using it would allow me to reach the smoke alarm and remove the dead battery. The chair is lighter and easier than hauling the ladder upstairs so I choose the chair instead. Up the stairs with the chair I go.
Stand on the chair, cover off, battery out, new battery in, push the test button to be certain the battery is good, 1 loud beep then, ah, blessed silence! The new battery is good, my home is guarded once more. Back to bed. Note to self- test batteries of other smoke alarms tomorrow.
According to the US Fire Admin., smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and replaced once or twice a year. They suggest doing it when the clocks change, spring forward- fall back. That would work unless you are in an area that doesn’t use that time adjustment. If you do, you will have to set another time that can be easily automatic for you. Perhaps if I followed a schedule, I wouldn’t be up in the middle of the night doing this task.
There are two types of smoke alarms, battery-powered and hard-wired. Both types need to be tested regularly. Test monthly and change the batteries twice a year. While you’re up there, check for dust and clear it if you see any. At 10 years, replace the whole thing, with a new smoke alarm.
If you have a husband, you can put this chore on his honey-do list, but from what I hear, actually getting him to do it may be another thing. So, you may want to take on this chore yourself to be certain it gets done! Safety of yourself and your family is of the utmost importance, so as the saying goes- JUST DO IT!
Be safe my sisters!