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June 03, 2014



We had similar experience one night recently with the smoke alarm just outside our bedroom. DH finally wrenched it off the ceiling and threw it out of the bathroom window. He retrieved it in the morning but of course discivered that he had removed a chunk of plaster from the hall ceiling. The new alarm doesn't quite cover the damage but we were being driven crazy that night by the buzzing sound.


The smoke alarms in our old house developed some kind of fault and it kept setting both of them off. For some reason, it was always in the middle of the night - never during the day... It was so difficult to shut them up - there wasn't a battery inside, as they were wired into the mains. Nightmare!
And of course it's a bit scary to have the smoke alarms going off in the middle of the night. You always have to check for a fire, so after that you don't sleep much.
So I sympathise with your zombified state!

I have great admiration for teachers' ability to get everyone squashed into the timetable - it must be a real struggle!

Barb in AK

Well done, Karen! Lovely page-- and yes, Gabby Pollacco is such an inspiration.

Oh, how I feel for you and Nigel!
Steve and I experienced something near to that.
It happened when we lived in Fairbanks.
At about 2:30 a.m., a buzzer went off in our house. Of course, being awakened from a sound sleep, we were very confused and groggy, trying to figure out what was going on. Steve got up and searched. He found the C-O alarm was warning us of the odorless gas!
Naturally, it was 20 degrees below zero, so opening the windows was not an option. We called the fire department, and the men arrived promptly. They had a special detector with which they walked throughout the house. There was absolutely no indication that we had a build up of C-O in the house, even though the alarm announced differently!
When the firefighters left, we went back to bed, with an uneasiness, worried about why that alarm had sounded. We knew that the effects of C-O is confusion and grogginess :-\

In the morning light, Steve called the company that made the C-O detector. The representative informed us that the detector had a sensor which was cumulative. Therefore, when the sensor fills up with the C-O--whether it be 2 months or 2 years, the alarm will go off.
Fairbanks is located in a valley area, and because of the serious inversions we have there during the winter, it didn't take long for the sensor to reach capacity and go off.
It was good to know how the mechanism worked, but definitely not very suitable for life in central Alaska! :-)

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