So I had a little excitement this morning. At 6:10 I woke up to the sound of my fire alarm screaming – literally – Fire! Fire! Fire!
Then it pauses
for a minute a few seconds and repeats Fire! Fire! Fire! … and repeats through infinity and beyond.
I didn’t see or smell smoke but I threw on some clothes and then took each of the dogs out to the car. Then I quickly looked for the kitties in every room, but they were nowhere to be found. (Half an hour later, they are still nowhere to be found.) So I called the police non-emergency number and told them that my alarm was screaming fire but that I didn’t think there was a fire and asked what I should do. She said she was sending someone and I said please no sirens because I really don’t think there is a fire.
I grabbed a handful of KN94 masks and kept looking for the kitties (no success) until the fire truck arrived. The lead guy had a mask on but the other two didn’t. I pulled the masks out of my pocket and reached out my hand with the masks and said something like “please put on a mask”. The lead guy said “we have masks” and then I could see that one of the others had a mask around his neck and the other had one of those pull-up things that are pretty useless (aka gators). Lead guy said “Masks are on” and I was thinking “no they are not” but the other two pulled theirs up.
Anyway, so it’s still screaming Fire! Fire! Fire! as the 3 fireman walked in the house. “oh” one of them said, instantly understanding why I had called them. They asked for a step ladder and took the main fire alarm down but it wouldn’t reset – I am 5’3″ and have cathedral ceilings so I couldn’t have even reached it with a ladder – so they took it down and told me to have the unit replaced. I had the fire /
CO2 carbon monoxide detector wired in the year of all the repairs when the tree hit my house, but I guess you need to replace the units themselves after 10 years. It’s been 8 years, but I will be calling about having new ones installed ASAP.
I still don’t know where the kitties were hiding, which is the most distressing thing of all because if this was a fire drill, so to speak, it would have been nice to know where they headed because they were not under the bed or in any of their usual spots.
It’s now 7 am and the kitties have finally reappeared, but no matter how many times I asked where were you hiding they are not spilling the beans. Miss Willow, who is my sensitive girl ,started to eat breakfast and then wandered away, still too distressed to eat.
So this is one way to get your heart pumping in the morning, but I much prefer the treadmill or the mini-trampoline.