Sunday, December 13, 2009

New smoke detectors, maybe?

smoke1 Seems I left a little mess at the bottom of the oven last time I used it.  I was cooking up a casserole this morning and smoke started pouring out of the oven.  As you can see, it filled the house.   No big deal, it didn’t smell up the house, and it’s already clearing out.  Except for one thing.  Neither of my smoke alarms went off, and I just changedsmoke2 the batteries when we went off daylight savings time.  Not the one on the kitchen ceiling, not the one in the bedroom.  I even did the little “weekly test” on them, while the house was full of smoke, and both tested out fine.  Yeah, they work, they just can’t smell smoke.  Hmmm, just a wee bit scary.

Guess smoke3where I’m going before work today?  Yup.  Home Depot.  To  get 2 brand new smoke detectors.  The wiring in my house is only about 5 years old, but I did it myself and the house is almost 100 years old.  My biggest fear, other than the inevitable earthquake, is an electrical fire.  Which, until today, was comforted by the fact that I had 2 smoke alarms in a 1100 sq ft home.  Tonight I’ll sleep fine, with 2 brand new ones.



The Gearheads said...

Really, Max, I think it's time you stop smoking so much in the house.

A Paperback Writer said...

Good thing you found out this way.
Mine used to go off every time I used my indoor grill. But maybe it's time I held a lit candle right underneath one of them to make sure it still knows what smoke is.
Do you have a carbon monoxide monitor? That's another must-have on my list. I have one. My parents have one, and it saved my dad's life one day. (He was painting in the basement and the thing suddenly started screeching. He opened every window he passed and got the heck out of the house in a minute or two until the gas company arrived and fixed what was wrong. We got them after my dad's cousin and his 3 sons were all killed at home by a carbon monoxide leak about 20 years ago.)

oddly appropriate word verification: ovengo (as in ovengo boom -- almost)

Max said...

Gearhead - you know I don't allow smoking in the house!
Writer - I didn't before, but they had some nice 2-in-1 smoke and CO detectors, so that's what I bought.

A Paperback Writer said...

Sounds good.

Max said...

Yes, and thanks for the advice :)