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Old 05-11-2014, 04:36 PM
 
Location: US
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A couple of nights ago, I was the only person still awake in the house (brother and DH both sleeping). For no apparent reason, the smoke alarm in my brother's room went off twice-- about five minutes apart, and just one blast each time. There was nothing burning or even hot in his room-- although I did jokingly ask if maybe his farts were more vile than usual that night. (Hey, he's my brother, gotta diss on him ) He slept through it both times, even though the alarm is on the wall right over his head. The battery is fresh (Daylight Savings just happened), and it's the only time that unit has ever gone off in the 3 years we've lived here.

The next day I told him about it, and he said he vaguely remembered having a dream where he was crying out for help; if the alarm going off was the response, maybe it woke him up just enough to punt him out of the dream, make him shift position (he's got sleep apnea), etc. Plus (and this may or may not be related), he claimed he'd had a dream or vision about a week ago where a woman dressed like a nurse from the '40s was standing by his bed, gazing at him curiously.

I don't know what to make of any of this, aside from knowing what I personally heard (and was scared $h!tless by!), and believing my brother's experiences as well. What do you think?
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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I would look at the alarm closely. What a lot of people don't know is that smoke alarms have a shelf life of about 10 years. After that, they don't work as well. Even with fresh batteries. A few companies are making 10 year no battery change needed smoke alarms.

It could be that the old one is past it's due date....
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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I did, out of curiosity. According to the manager, most of the smoke detectors in the house were purchased at the same time (with one or two exceptions, Bro's not being one of them). They also each take a 9-volt battery.

While I hear you and generally agree, I can't help but wonder why it only sounded off those two times-- none before, and none since. If it were on its way out, wouldn't it be a little more "vocal", if only sporadically?
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Spiders can do ghostly things.
If a spider has one leg on a component and at the same time another leg on another component and they happen to be the 'right' ones, it can trigger an alarm.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:24 PM
 
Location: NYC
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My smoke alarm goes off in short beeps lately, but I think it's just the dust from my husband sanding the wall.
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Old 05-18-2014, 01:38 PM
 
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I live in a house which is "haunted" as verified by a paranormal investigator organization. For over 15 years now, my alarm system and my smoke detectors defy logic. My electrician last month, replaced 6 smoke detectors with new ones. Last night, the one in my bedroom beeps one long beep at about 3:30 (it is always that time for electronic weirdness around here). Since I've struggled with this sort of thing for years and years, I think perhaps it is the spirits wanting to be detected and the middle of the night seems to be the easiest time for them to make themselves known: less noise, activity, etc.
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Old 05-18-2014, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Just out of curiosity; has anybody ever looked for an expiration date when they buy batteries? I don't even know if they put one on them? My feeling is that batteries don't last forever - even if they are on a store shelf.

I know that, when I had a repair shop many years ago, that I could get bad "new" replacement parts.

And, yes, I don't think any electronics are designed to work forever.
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Old 05-18-2014, 05:37 PM
 
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Yes -- batteries have expiration dates. And in smoke alarms, you should change the batteries out yearly at the same time. Pick a date that makes sense to you that makes it easy for you to remember. Like New Years Day, or your birthday.

even though the batteries aren't run down all the way, it's safer to change them out. Keep the old batteries for clocks or other things that aren't as important to your safety.

I put fresh batteries in my smoke alarms, and put the old smoke alarm batteries in my clock radios as their emergency back up.

I also test my smoke alarms four times a year. Easy day to remember -- when I pay my quarterly taxes...
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