I'm dreaming of a chirping smoke alarm

Blog Post created by JUDITH COMOLETTI Employee on Aug 21, 2012

Smoke AlarmAt 1:44 this morning, I woke to the sound of one of my smoke alarm’s chirping. It took a while for me to recognize the sound and become annoyed enough to climb out of bed to investigate. I went from bedroom to bedroom listening for the irritating chirp.

Aha! I found the culprit. Now what do I do?

My husband was sound asleep unaware of the chirping alarm. I could go through his chest of drawers looking for a battery or grab a set of ear plugs from my nightstand and go back to sleep. I chose the latter. My smoke alarms are hard-wired and only one alarm was chirping, so I felt it was okay to wait until morning. Promptly at 6:00 this morning, I handed my husband a fresh battery, he climbed up on a chair and replaced the battery. The Comoletti home is back to fully functioning, hard-wired smoke alarms with battery back-up.

The incident made me think of the importance of replacing all the batteries in my smoke alarms every year. I think I have been a little lax in identifying a specific day for refreshing my batteries. Since Fire Prevention Week is a perfect annual event to replace all smoke alarm batteries in my home, I’ve added it to my calendar on October 7.

When do you change the batteries in your smoke alarms? Do you have an answer as to why smoke alarm batteries only chirp in the middle of the night?

Remember to test all your smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year, even if you have hard-wired smoke alarms with battery-back-up.