Jan. 25th, 2012

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Last night around 7:30 (just after we got the boys in bed) the smoke alarms went off again, for the first time since right before New Year's. We looked, and all 3 of our combo units had the red light flashing. The plain ol' smoke detector in Corwin's room did not, and it didn't go off long enough for us to get a look at the other units. We ripped down the one in our bedroom and the one right outside our bedroom, since those had seemed to maybe be the problem before.

Fire alarms went off again this afternoon after I had gotten Corwin home from preschool. I just heard a repeated pattern of 3-beeps; Corwin said he heard it say "Fire fire" once -- not sure if he is trustworthy on that or not. The combo unit in the hall had its red light flashing, the one in the guest room did not, and that was all I had time to look at. I ripped down the combo unit from the hall.

Tonight just after the boys' bedtime, the remaining 4 alarms (all smoke only) went off with the 3-beep pattern, but only repeated it once or twice such that Andrew and I didn't have time to get to any of the alarms to check them. It did this 2 or 3 times, then nothing.

Power went out around 3:30 a.m., back on around 3:40. Then....fire alarms going off at 3:45, 3:55, 3:57....and now that I'm up and looking at them, nothing. Green light steady, red light flashing approx every 30 seconds, which means standby, alarm operating properly, according to the manual. They've been doing 3 short beeps and then stopping, so about to check the manual to see what that means. SOOOO tired of this.

From the manual:

WHEN UNITS ARE INTERCONNECTED, only the red LED
of the alarm which senses the smoke or is being tested
(the originating unit) will flash. All other units in the
interconnect system will sound an alarm but their red
LED’s will NOT be flashing.


[Paulina's note: it would help if the system went off long enough for us to look at all the alarms; as it is, we start to get up to go look and it stops going off.]

This smoke alarm is equipped with an alarm memory,
which provides a visual indication when an alarm has
been activated. The red LED will illuminate for about 1.5
seconds every 16 seconds to indicate the memory
condition. The memory will remain activated until
pushing the Test/Hush Button resets it. The memory will
also reset if the battery voltage drops to 8 volts. In an
inteconnected installation only the memory of the
originating alarm will be activated.


[Paulina's note: None of the 4 remaining alarms is displaying this pattern. They all have the "operating normally" pattern going on.]

I was going to take the rest of them down, but they've been quiet long enough now that I'm considering just leaving them up. Partly 'cause I don't know how I'm going to get the ones in the boys' rooms down without turning on a light and waking them up. That, and having no smoke alarms at all in the middle of a thunderstorm scares me.

I called the electricians again yesterday and they are supposed to be out again sometime after 9:30 this morning. If they can't give me a satisfactory explanation this time, I'm going to call around to see if I can't find an electrician who's experienced with fire alarm systems who can come out independently and take a look at it. I'm to the point where I want this fixed, and if I have to pay someone to be competent and fix it, I will. *grumble*

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