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When all else fails ... read the directions?

When all else fails ... read the directions?

smoke detector

Last Sunday I was sitting in my easy chair, enjoying the new season of Top Gear on the History Channel.  I started hearing a "chirp" in the background behind me.  Aggravating since I was trying to watch my favorite show! Finally, I figured out the noise was coming from the smoke detector.  Dead battery. So I did what every guy would do, I removed the battery and hoped there was no fire that night. (There wasn't- so no worries there).  The next day I replaced the battery.  

Here is where the directions come in, but it's just a smoke detector, who needs directions?  I installed the battery, hit the "test" button which ignited something that might pierce an eardrum, and promptly hit the "hush" button.  For the next 45 seconds I presumed it was working as it should be and then .... "chirp".  What?  The dang smoke detector must be broken.  Time to replace it.  A few more days passed without the house burning down and I was ready to replace it.  Then I had this thought, an unusual one, read the directions.  I don't know what came over me.

I won't copy and paste the directions here but the essence of it was press the "test" button and that's it.  If you press the "hush" button it puts the detector in a standby mode and gives a warning chirp every 45 seconds to let you know that if your house catches fire it's not going to tell you.  It does that for 7 minutes but I never waited 7 minutes to find that out....

I know it's so unmanly.  If we read the directions somebody might take away our man card! It's OK .... really.  Read the directions :-)




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Comment balloon 8 commentsBob Southard • July 29 2011 10:18AM


Thanks for sharing, Bob, so now I can continue my streak of not reading the directions :)

Posted by Howard Weiss, Arlington & DFW, TX (Fathom Realty) almost 9 years ago

What?  Read instructions and follow directions?  That sounds so... new to men!  Everyday, passes that other men believe that taking the time to read any kind of directions is just going to be a waste of time.  Now, where's that dang map I cannot find that address!!

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Dan Hopper - Individual Proprietor) almost 9 years ago

It is not just a "man" thing. I am guilty of the "I can do it myself" syndrome. Most times I can figure it out easily. Reverting to the directions is failure in my mind.  

Posted by Elizabeth Birmingham (EB Realty) almost 9 years ago

LOL... What I really want to know, is: Do all smoke detector manufacturers conspire to make certain that annoying "chirp" always happens at 3 AM?

Posted by Anthony Gilbert, Real Estate SEO almost 9 years ago
Well I learned something here. I didn't know that Hush mode was not working mode.
Posted by Ted Tyrrell, Selling Homes in Beautiful Victoria (RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton)) almost 9 years ago

Bob, after I test each of the units they each chirp 1-5 times before they reset.

It is a real pain

Posted by Scott Warga (ACSI American Construction Specialists & Investigations) almost 9 years ago

Lol, that is so funny. But seriously thank you for sharing since I now know how to properly use the smoke detector :-)!

Posted by Kaera Mims, Associate Broker, e-PRO, REALTOR; Hampton, Newport News, York Co. (Liz Moore & Associates) almost 9 years ago

Bob, smoke alarms have hush buttons? I guess I've always been lucky and pushed the right button. Thanks for the tip.



Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) almost 9 years ago

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