Are Smoke Detector Batteries Programmed To Expire At 2:00 A.M.?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

SmokeDetectorLast night, I was snuggled up in bed, so cozy and comfortable under a mound of sheets and a fluffy comforter.  Sound asleep and in the middle of a happy dream, I was startled by an annoying sound that awakened me instantly.  BEEP!  BEEP!  BEEP!  That familiar sound when the battery in your smoke detector finally gives out.  AAARRGH!  Why does this always have to happen at 2:00 a.m.?
 
Why can’t smoke detector batteries give out during normal business hours?  Just once, I wish that could happen.  Because, if you live in a dwelling with extremely high ceilings like I do, you know there is no way you can handle the situation by yourself.  Especially at 2:00 a.m.  So, I’m hoping I can find someone to come over with a tall ladder to assist me.  And soon!  Otherwise, it is going to be a very long day.

In the meantime, perhaps someone might invent batteries programmed to give out at a more reasonable hour.  Or, perhaps someone could invent a sling-shot or remote controlled device made specifically for disengaging a smoke detector with a dead battery … at 2:00 a.m. 

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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
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LOL same thing happened to me a few weeks ago.  Then you have to run around the house and figure out which one it is.

Feb 19, 2012 03:25 AM #1
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Carie ~ Nothing is more alarming than a smoke alarm beeping in the middle of the night!  And what's worse is when they're installed on a 12 ft ceiling that you can't get to easily!  They should make batteries that last forever in those things!

Feb 19, 2012 03:41 AM #2
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Cindy:  Right?  You think you know which one ... then, no it's the other one ... then, no it's the first one.  Frustrating! :)

Feb 19, 2012 03:41 AM #3
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Mel:  You're right ... it is so disturbing especially in the middle of the night.  Hey, lifetime batteries ... I like it! :)

Feb 19, 2012 03:43 AM #4
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Cynthia Grimes
eXp Realty, LLC - Westminster, MD
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It is Murphys Law!!  Glad it was only the batteries!

Feb 19, 2012 03:52 AM #5
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Cynthia:  Yes, it is Murphy's Law!  And, you're absolutely right ... I'm glad it was only the battery too :)

Feb 19, 2012 04:42 AM #6
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
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Carie, I thought you were going to say it was your alarm system, and so glad it was only the batteries to your smoke detector.  This has happened to us, but luckily we could just shut the door to the bedroom and fix the problem the next day.

Feb 19, 2012 05:50 AM #7
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Rebecca:  Like you, I tried shutting the bedroom door.  Unfortunately, my bedroom was not far enough away -- and those "chirps" are really loud.  Just a little frustrating :)

Feb 19, 2012 06:44 AM #8
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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I find they have to go off as often as possible when trying to show a home.

Feb 19, 2012 07:59 AM #9
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Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

It's true. And water heaters blow out on Friday nights. Heaters break in the winter and air conditioners break in the summer. It's all in that secret rule book that I wish I could re-write. 

Feb 19, 2012 09:11 AM #10
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Rob:  Oh, no ... Sounds like you've had some experience with those pesky batteries that like to expire at the worst possible moments!

Mark:  Too funny!  Yes, they are all in that secret "it never fails" rule book."  And also, I think somehow associated with "Murphy's Law" too :)

Feb 19, 2012 09:49 AM #11
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Jenifer De La Garza
Administrative Support Group - Albuquerque, NM

Carie, a few months ago I was home alone with my 6 kids while hubby was at work.  It was just after midnight.  We too were all cuddly warm in our beds when suddenly the entire house worth of smoke alarms went off.    I was thrilled that my older kids came running to my room with younger siblings in tow and we all exited the house safely.  I loaded the kids into the truck and drove them to a neighbor and called the fire department.  Thankfully there was no fire and the fire department was able to determine it was likely a faulty battery in the main unit which controls all the other units.  As you said, why couldn't this have happened at noon instead of midnight?

Feb 20, 2012 08:20 AM #12
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jenifer:  Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you had to go through all of that!  But, I'm happy to hear that you and your family were all safe and it was nothing more serious.  Midnight?  2:00 am?  Isn't it just baffling sometimes :)

Feb 20, 2012 10:08 AM #13
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

The best time for fire drills is when you least expect it and are the most unprepared.  Don't you sleep better knowing your alarm would awaken you if there were a fire? 

Feb 20, 2012 10:36 AM #14
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Marge:  Yes, I agree with you!  And, I am comforted to know that my alarms would definitely get me up out of a sound sleep in the event of a fire.  I just wish the batteries wouldn't go out in the middle of the night, that's all.  The "chirping" sounds they make when the batteries go dead are no fun  -- especially when there is nothing I can do to stop them.

Feb 20, 2012 11:27 AM #15
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