Marco Polo with your Smoke Alarm
Someone needs to explain WHY smoke alarm detectors give off the low battery beep ONLY between the hours of 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM…..
Seriously – in my 40+ years of existence on this earth, the smoke alarm low battery indicators have never gone off at say, 1:00 in the afternoon…. A time during which you can replace all the batteries and if you need to, go out and buy more.
It’s always in the dead of night – waking you from a deep sleep, and necessary REM.
Just to make if MORE fun – that intermittent chirping is programmed at exactly 4 minute long intervals – so it’s only after you remove the batteries from the suspected alarm, and snuggle back into bed, that you hear that god forsaken “beep” indicating, yeah, you got the wrong one…
So you stand there in the middle of the night, listening for the “beep”, trying to find the guilty party, removing battery after battery. After every battery has been removed from every smoke alarm in the house, you go back to bed only to hear “chirp”.
It’s like you died in your sleep and were transported to hell.
Once again, you get up and stumble around, possibly spilling a glass of water on something that now needs to be mopped up, then you remember “oh, yeah” somewhere is the carbon monoxide indicator which somehow got moved. So at 2:30 AM I am impatiently waiting for the next beep to indicate, like an evil game of Marco Polo, where the fuck the carbon monoxide alarm is hiding.
This is why (as I was reminded by Dr. Malibu) that you are supposed to replace your batteries at Day Light Savings. Or today… today might work too.