OMG, silence was broken

@sudalunts (5527)
United States
January 17, 2009 8:01am CST
Last night, about two in the morning, my husband and I was awaken to the smoke alarm blasting. We were both in a deep sleep and it really scared us, my husband jumped up and grabbed me, until we realized what was going on. the alarm is right over our bed and it was blasting. After checking to see if everything was okay, my husband went to the door to see if the landlord was up. There was no smoke in the hallway either. The landlord came out, shrugged his shoulders and went back into his apartment. The alarm is electric so we were not able to disarm it. My big bully cat Jake was freaking out, he was so scared, my other cat Scoots never missed a beat, she was sleeping. We could not go back to sleep because the noise was so loud, Jake was under the bed. After fourty five minutes, it finally stopped. Have you ever had a malfunction of your smoke alarm in the middle of the night?
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
17 Jan 09
We have battery operated ones. At least those you can take down. Ours are very sensitive and go off with the slightest bit of smoke. Sometimes if the heating system fries a bug, it can go off, too. In your case, if it can't be disabled manually and is electric... try shutting off the electricity for that area. That should shut off the alarm and if there is no smoke it should not come back on beeping, if you turn the electricity back on. Of course then you have to reset the alarms in your bedroom, too. Worth a try. Better than 45 minutes of alarm. Those alarms can also be set off by bugs crawling through them btw. They trip the alarm.
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@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Thanks for the tip. Actually, the alarms throughout the house are tied together. When one goes off, they all go off, so we do not know whether it was triggered from our end or the landlord's end. There's one in our bedroom, the hall and staircase outside of our apartment and one in the landlord's unit. It truly was annoying.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Jan 09
My smoke alarm is off any time I use my pan, or have my candles lights. When I make scramble eggs, my alarm is off. I keep moving it around the house, because it is so sensitive.When battery is low, it starts beeping very badly.
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@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Wow, your's really is sensitive.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
17 Jan 09
I have never had a problem with a smoke alarm like that before. All of ours take batteries. I remember though my brother used to have a car that the built in car alarm would go off at like 3 or 4 on the morning by itself for some reason and he always had a hard time getting it to shut up. One time he could not get it to stop and he had to rip apart the steering wheel to get it to stop.
@loveyevi (513)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I live in an apartment complex and there is a car parked right outside my bedroom window that has the same problem your brothers did. It goes off every fifteen minutes continuously throughout the night. Never seems to happen during the day which is very suspicious. But I wish the owner of the car would do something about it because it is every night and constant, and so very loud in my window. Also, when I lived at a different complex the alarms went off for the whole building for a few hours. Luckily it was the middle of the day so no sleep was lost, but boy was it annoying.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
18 Jan 09
yeah, the alarms are very annoying. Whenever someone's car alarm goes off, I find myself lying in bed with the the sound of the alarm in my head, knowing the next series of beeps.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
17 Jan 09
This happened a couple times while I was living in the dorms in college. Middle of the night, most of us are asleep when it sounds like a big rig is sounding his horn in my ear. Needless to say heads start peering out of thier doors looking from side to side wondering if it's something to actually worry about. Then the RA comes through saying we have to evacuate until they figure out whats up. It turned out to be a false alrm and we all stumbled back to what we were doing before. So not fun.