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big scare - but funny

One of my huge fears is fire. One of my loves, especially when it is cold and/or damp are hot baths. I can't run the fan at night to keep the steam down in the bathroom because I normally bathe at 2 or 3 in the morning and it would wake up my mother.
Tonight I was just getting dressed for bed after a bath to ease the ache in my left leg when suddenly the smoke alarm on the wall right outside my bathroom door starts going off. My first thought is, shit, where's the smoke coming from? I ran out and grabbed the alarm, hoping to silence it before it woke up my mother - because I could see there was no fire - and the damn thing wouldn't turn off. I struggled with it and it did finally wake up my mom, who threatened to get a hammer if I couldn't turn it off, but not my father. I did finally manage to get the battery out, while my poor cat is freaking out upstairs in my bedroom because of the shrill noise, and mum and I were both laughing at the fact that my dad was still asleep. He didn't get up until I popped the battery out.

So that taught us a lesson. The thing will wake us up in case of fire. They have one in their room as well as one in the kitchen and one in the basement where the gas furnace is. But we have to make sure that Bubba gets out of bed and gets moving because he can't be trusted to wake up on his own when it goes off.

I'm still shaking from that scare. I was ready to grab Nina, my laptop, my favorite dragon and run out of the house - or go out the window if I was cut off from the stairs.

It was the steam from the bath that set it off. I'm going to reset and rehang it tomorrow. I think the others will do for a single night, especially as Bubba will be up in an hour and a half, mum in three.

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jirel
Sep. 6th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
When I worked in Minnesota, I lived on the 29th floor. A large pot of boiling water could set off the fire alarm. I woke up one Saturday morning to hear a fire alarm somewhere going off. I figured it was a false alarm but had to get up to make sure. Unfortunately when I looked out the balcony window, I spotted fire trucks down below and water pouring down from somewhere overhead. Heading back to my bedroom, I heard a strange noise in the walls (I immediately thought 'flame'! My dilemma - one of my cats was very nervous and sometimes would run from me when I looked at her. She did however sleep on my bed. So I calmly walked back into my bedroom and laid down. As soon as Misty hopped on the bed I grabbed her and stuffer in a cat carrier, followed by Xena. Then I went to call security.

The worried meter went up when I found my phone was dead. I decided if there was really a fire I should start waking other people up so I walked out into the hallway. The emergency stairway was right across from my apartment and I could hear noise - when I checked I found LOTS of water rushing down the stairway. I woke my next door neighbor up, her phone was working and she called down. Turned out all was fine, two floors above me the heat pump had broken and they had 2 inches of water in their apartment. It was flooding out the hall and across the hall to the stairway.

Its and exciting time now, but then all I could think of was how the hell was I going to get two cats down 29 flights of stairs!
lexxiescott
Sep. 12th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
That must have been freaky at the time. And that's a lot of stairs. *shudders* I know my knees would have been out by the time I got to the ground level. Wow. One more reason I never want to live in an apartment.
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