kls_eloise (kls_eloise) wrote,
kls_eloise
kls_eloise

Can anyone tell me

why the batteries on a smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector can ONLY run out in the wee hours of the morning?  I would be willing to bet money that a smoke/CO detector has never started the low battery beep at 3:00 *PM.*  I'm fairly certain they have a photocell and a chip that only allows them to do the low battery chirp after it has been full dark for a minimum of four or five hours.

Yep.  3:38am.

Beep.
Aw, bugger.  Did I really hear that?  Maybe not.  I'll just go back to...
Beep.
God-damned, mother-loving... I'm coming, I'm coming.  Now, which one is it?  Whose brilliant idea was it to have one of each on every floor?  Oh yeah - that was me.
Beep.
AHA!  Gotcha, you bastard.  Now - read the directions... four rapid beeps for a warning, one beep every thirty seconds for low batteries...
Beep.
I know, I KNOW, gimme a sec, it's 3:30 in the goddamned morning... there - batteries are out.  I should go downstairs and put new batteries in.  Damn it, it's going to scream at me when I snap the last one in - I remember that from last time, I almost had a heart attack.  And I'm going to have to turn on a bunch of lights to dig out three AA cells.  And it's 3:30 in the bloody morning.  Honest to God, I've got CO detectors all over this house.  It can wait for tomorrow afternoon.  I'm going back to bed.

Now ask me when I finally got back to sleep.  Go on - ask me.  That's right - 5:30.  Right before Bob's alarm went off.  Because I get a HUGE adreneline dump from that sound.  Which I'll grant you IS the idea.  Mind you - I'm the ONLY one in the family who does.  Tonight I will put fresh batteries in everything, and maybe I'll get some sleep.
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