So Leo and I are working in the yard this past weekend. Planting herbs, admiring our handiwork. Suddenly, I hear voices coming from the house, along with a high pitched screeching noise.
I investigate, and apparently, our entire house was alive with the sound of smoke detectors, screaming: SMOKE! EVACUATE, EVACUATE!
Only, there was no smoke. Anywhere. We checked the whole house. I started pressing the buttons on the detectors I could reach, in a frantic attempt to stop the noise. And then, we just stood there. Leo was like, what shall we do? I said, well we can’t call 911, that is for an emergency. We are only mere idiots. So we look up the informational number of our local fire department, thinking they can give us advice.
EXCEPT, we can’t find it anywhere in the phone book. Nor, can I even read the phone book.
Leo, of better vision, finally finds the number. Note: it’s in a section of the phone book called “Government” Bureaucracy. Well, that makes sense.
In the meantime, apparently neighbors far and wide have heard the sound, and smartly called 911. Mr Policeman WHOOPS down our driveway, and asks if we have a fire in progress.
No Sir, we are just stupid. He checks the house to be safe, declaring, WOW, nice house. We know.
He radios the Fire Chief, who buzzes over and shuts our alarms off. APPARENTLY, there is a head cheese alarm that tells the others what to do. And he was super nice about it, telling us if we needed any help, don’t hesitate to call. Thank you Mr. Fire Chief, for explaining our alarm system to us, cause we sure were clueless.
That’s right, we are the FIRST ALERT for DUMMIES couple.
Now, I at least have posted the informational numbers for our local police and fire departments.
We have new batteries ready to swap out in all the detectors, too.
Although I poke fun at ourselves here, always check your detector batteries and have important phone numbers handy. Don’t be FIRST ALERT DUMMIES like we were!