Chirp, chirp, screech, screech went the smoke alarm

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Sometimes a new battery just won't cut it.  Donald is currently on his way to get a replacement smoke alarm for my office.  My agent called and said... "come stop the ear piercing screeching" when an alarm started to go off every couple of minutes.  

Even that chirp is annoying.  I keep a supply of 9 volt batteries in my car for that very reason.  Many of my sellers are not full time residents and don't always visit the lake often in the winter months.  So if I visit one of my listings and find the chirping I change the battery... if I can reach the alarm that is. Sometimes I have go back over latter with Donald and a ladder to change the battery. Not everyone remembers to change their batteries twich a year when they change their clocks.  Yup, it's that time again.  So sometime this week when you are out shopping buy some batteries.  

I am also going to be dropping by a few past clients houses this week with a little Halloween treat and a couple of batteries to remind them it's time to change those batteries.  Better safe than sorry.  

As colder weather arrives remember to be careful with things that cause fires: fireplaces, ashes, space heaters and it's a great time to have your furnace serviced before putting a strain on it. 

I'm looking forward to some nice cooler weather. I'm about to make a big pot of soup.  I love soups and stews in winter months.  

 

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Tim Lorenz
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That chirp is annoying for sure.  Have a great weekend.

Oct 26, 2014 06:42 AM #1
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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Geez, thank goodness the smoke alarm is hard-wired in my place, otherwise I might not ever be able to tell when dinner is done!

Oct 26, 2014 07:07 AM #2
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They are a blessing and a curse.   The ones in my house are both hard-wired and battery backup.  They were "chirping" the other day; I put the new batteries in them.

Oct 26, 2014 07:52 AM #3
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Sharon Lee
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I have hardwired ones in my woman cave and they kept screeching. Had to disconnect them. Gotta buy two new ones I guess because changing the battery wasn't the problem.

Oct 26, 2014 08:23 AM #4
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Rob Thomas
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Great idea for past clients... you never think about them until they chirp... or save your life!!!

have a great night

Oct 26, 2014 08:53 AM #5
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Ron Marshall
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We actually change those batteries even oftener....once with every time change and then on January 1st and July 1st.  We keep the batteries we take out for things that are easier to reach and replace.  Better safe than sorry and this is a great reminder, Tammy!

Oct 26, 2014 09:05 AM #6
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Kimo Stowell
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Aloha Tammy,

The worst is when you have an omni-sound alarm in a home with many fire alarms. You change one set of batteries after another and the chirping continues unabated. You start second guessing if the batteries are duds or old. Then you forget which one's you have changed before you realize you have to start all over and methodically go from one to the next battery charge monitor in hand.

peace,

 

Oct 26, 2014 09:11 AM #7
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Evelyn Johnston
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Hopefully you never have to rely on them and changing them every so many months is called maintenance.

Oct 26, 2014 09:19 AM #8
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Smoke alarms can be SO annoying...and yet so lifesaving at the right time.

Oct 26, 2014 09:31 AM #9
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Sybil Campbell
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What a nice idea to give customers or clients batteries for their smoke alarms.

Oct 26, 2014 12:05 PM #10
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Tammy,   That is a great Treat at this time of year.  I'm going to have to use your idea on some clients of mine.  Thanks!

Oct 26, 2014 01:13 PM #11
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Sussie Sutton
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I am so glad that I have a built in eclectic one. It never chirps and I KNOW IT WORKS  lol!

Oct 28, 2014 12:07 PM #12
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Tammy, it sounds like you came across Brian Buffini's training in the past somewhere.  Exactly how he'd say to keep in touch.

Oct 28, 2014 12:07 PM #13
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Tim- it sure is

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner mine is also hard wired with battery backup

Fred Griffin yup me too on both.  At home I have a few extra battery only ones, builder put the required number for code, I put the extras for my peace of mind.

Sharon Lee they need to vacuumed out or pressure air blown at least once a month to keep them healthy

Rob Thomas I'm a little fire paranoid, I think of them often.

 

 

Oct 28, 2014 12:47 PM #14
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Kimo Stowell mine are wired to one another and all go off as well.

Evelyn Johnston actually this time a unit just went bad.  And I read up and it's recommended you replace units every 5 years... so that's my new plan.

Michelle-  very true

Thanks Sybil

Larry Johnston I shared for just that reason

Sussie Sutton I sure hope it has battery back up in case you have a power outtage.

Claude Labbe nope, no Buffini.  I just love my clients and try to do what's great for them.

 

 

 

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