Last valentine’s day, Ms. Kaz and I decided that, after our daughter went down for the night, we would celebrate by making some homemade pizzas, watching a movie, and drinking a bottle of wine. Romantic, I know, but this is as good as it gets when you have a kid.
Well, one of us built a pizza which overflowed (*cough cough*my wife*cough cough*). We didn’t notice at first, and the smoke detector upstairs, just a few feet from my daughter’s room, began going off.
Of course, this is an alarm which requires a ladder to reach, so the darned thing went off for a good 10 minutes before I could go downstairs, get the ladder, and remove the batteries (note to self — get around to finally replacing the batteries).
Miraculously, our daughter made it through the whole episode without waking up. The pizza, however, did not make it through the episode. Ms. Kaz was a bit bummed out, but we managed to salvage the evenining and enjoy ourselves a bit… once we were able to relax.
Well, according to reasearch, children are more likely to wake up quicker when
confronted with hearing their mother’s voice as opposed to a traditional beeping smoke detector. So, all this time, I’ve been worrying about an accidental smoke detector beeping waking her up, when I ought to worry more about Ms. Kaz talking at night!
Makes these smoke detectors seem a little less silly…
[Kaz: regarding the missing batteries – we have another smoke detector right next to this one which is hooked into the alarm system and will call the Fire Department automatically. So don’t worry, we are not endangering our daughter… well, at least not in this way!]