3 Chirps don’t equal a beep…

I am thankful for smoke alarms.

After changing batteries and STILL being annoyed by constant beep, Alan and I decided to research the cause. We learned there is a difference between beeping and chirping when it comes to smoke alarms!

Interesting to learn that 3 chirps meant our alarm was beyond use and needed to be replaced. Yes, I am thankful for websites that give information to people like me who have no clue why their alarm just wonโ€™t be quiet.

So, if your smoke alarm gives 3 chirps after you change the battery, its time for a new smoke alarm! Donโ€™t delay. Get a new one now. ๐Ÿ™‚

This leads me to our next story in the life of the Henderson family. Since we had just experienced the smoke alarm situation at home, imagine our surprise when the alarm sounded at the hotel we were staying in during a recent trip. After an exhausting day of travel, we settled in for the night and after about 30 minutes of sleep, an alarm blared through the hotel. Being exhausted makes us do silly things. For example, my sweet husband jumped out of bed and reached for the smoke alarm in our room, thinking we were at home and it was malfunctioning again!

The sight was truly funny as I watched this sweet man in his underwear trying to find the alarm before realizing we werenโ€™t at home.

After remembering we were in a hotel room, Alan quickly reached for shorts and a shirt. My pajamas looked good enough to wear outside, so we grabbed our other essentials like my purse and his wallet.

I opened the hotel room door to find other guests in the hallway, filing down the stairs. Everyone had a bewildered look, somewhere between fear and grumpiness.

The hotel guests gathered outside in the parking lot. No one knew what was happening. We waited for a fire truck or someone to let us know it was safe to go back inside.

Time passed and finally we noticed everyone filing back inside. Seems someone wanted to have some fun (fun for them) and pulled an alarm. The blessing is there was no real fire.

Alan and I were thankful there was no danger. As we settled down for sleep, we started laughing at the whole experience. Alarm sounds, we jump out of bed, make sure we have on appropriate clothing before heading out the door to follow the directions on the back of every hotel room door. In case of emergency, use the stairs.

Each day our family motto rings trueโ€ฆ โ€œIts Always a Story with the Hendersonsโ€.

Blessings and giggles, and check your smoke alarms,

14 thoughts on “3 Chirps don’t equal a beep…

  1. Great story! My former mother-in-law had an experience like that once, but in the winter. She said she grabbed her fur coat and purse and hightailed it out to the parking lot, leaving her husband behind. He apparently had trouble waking and couldn’t figure out what was happening. Eventually he got it together and made it out, too. For them, also a false alarm but another funny story. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  2. The same thing happened to me while at a conference. I was so tired that I almost slept through it, but my roomie heard it and woke me up. Taught me to always pack a robe and slip-on shoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. We’ve been driven out of our house by a malfunctioning smoke alarm because all the alarms are wired together, so when one starts, they all join in. One evening, the alarms kept going off for no apparent reason. My kids and I ended up eating supper on the front porch.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s