To-do list: Change the batteries in the smoke detectors

To-do list: Change the batteries in the smoke detectors

I love wristwatches. I always have, since I was a kid. My mom makes fun of me when she asks what date it is and I look at my wrist.

I know how she feels. It bugs me that my sons – and most of their generation – do not use watches. Why should they? The time is right there on their phones.

Not only that, but the phones “fall back” without being told. Today I have to take all those watches and adjust them.

And I have one more task: Change the batteries in the smoke detectors.


That task is already done. It takes less time to change the batteries than it takes to get out the stepstool.

We got a reminder of this job last week, when the battery died in one of the smoke detectors – at 4 in the morning. The dog was not happy. And neither were we. You ever try to find a nine-volt battery at that time of day? I had one in a guitar effects pedal. Yes! Except it was dead.

So we took the smoke detector off its mount on the ceiling and I buried it in the blanket closet, which muted it nicely. The dog went back to sleep. Later that day we got new batteries and put that detector  back up.

Today I did the other two.

You should do this. If nothing else, it’ll keep you from waking up some morning at 4 when the battery dies anyway. And you’ll always know when you changed the batteries.

And there is the possibility that the detector could save your life. That makes a couple of bucks and a few seconds of time worth it.

Now, if only they could do something about it being dark when I get out of work tomorrow. And for the next several months…

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LeighLa wrote on November 09, 2011 at 10:11 am
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Thank you for the reminder to change the detector batteries. We had already done it, but I know plenty of people who don't, or forget. They're so important. We also take this time to do a fire drill in our home to refresh our children's memories of the escape routes to safety. 

My dad always has his watch on faithfully. I always wanted a cool one like his, you know the kind with the calculator? As an adult now, I can see how watches aren't nearly as important as they once were. I think I'm going to go out and get my kids watches for christmas, and not digital ones either!