Monday, June 21, 2010

Infernal Beeping


It was pretty wild around here tonight for a while.  Something was beeping, Jake was peeing everywhere in crazed fear, and we couldn’t identify the source of the beeping.
My husband disconnected the carbon monoxide detector and the beeping continued.  He took the battery out of the above smoke detector and the beeping continued.  He totally took the smoke detector off the ceiling and the beeping continued. 
Meanwhile Jake had made quite a mess of the family room and dining room.  So he was banished outdoors while we continued to try to silence the beeping that was really driving him quite to distraction.
Finally my husband realized there was another smoke detector in his office only a few feet away from the one already dismantled.  Once that battery had been removed the noise stopped.
Jake refused to come in for at least another hour.  When he did, he was still quite nervous. 
Fortunately the smoke detectors have never gone off to signal a fire.  But the occasional  dead battery beep is a sound I have come to dread. 


Jake has finally calmed down once again.

8 Comments:

Blogger Terry said...

We had a similar experience shortly after moving into our current house a couple years ago. Something was beeping and we checked every smoke detector, oven timer, microwave, clock radio, etc. etc. Finally, and this took us a good twenty minutes, we discovered it was the refrigerator. The door had been left ajar ever so slightly. Brand new, new-fangled refrigerator beeps when the door isn't completely closed! Who knew?

1:44 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Poor Jake! I can feel with him! We have a fire engine department close to us, and every time the sirens go off, Paco howls like a wolf! What does he know about fire engines?
I mentioned you in my latest post. You are part of our Matsopane Gang!

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Jake, indeed! I hope the newly refinished floors made the clean-up easier for you than it might have been. May your smoke detector never go off for cause...

F.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Our dogs HATE it when the smoke alarm goes off. It must really hurt their sensitive ears!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

My dad used to write the date of his schedule smoke alarm battery change on his calendar. Me? I just wait for the beep.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

When we finally got the keys to the new house, we wanted to sleep there, no matter that there was no bed, barely any heat... well, you know how it is when you have a new house! The one thing standing between us and perfect happiness was that the fire alarm in the garage gave a piercing beep every sixty-two seconds. NOT conducive to a good night's sleep. The alarm was twenty feet up in the rafters and we had no ladder. My brave sister backed her pickup in and Rez stood on the top of the cab to yank the battery. Problem solved. This is why we are so happy here! I bet Jake is happy there too!

3:19 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I'm with Jake. The beeping of fire alarms makes me skittish and jumpy.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Fire Extinguisher said...

It's also important to make sure your smoke alarm is working properly.

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4:57 AM  

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