Friday, July 13, 2007

SPF: Protection

This week Kristine wants to know how we ward off danger, evil and anything that may bring us harm.
SPF Assignment for Friday, July 13: How do you protect yourself? from the sun? from the bugs? from all things bad? alarms? sprays?

This is a picture of the hole in my wall where my fire alarm used to live.
Last week, I was folding clothes in my bedroom when a noise I had never heard before nearly blasted me out the sliding glass door. All I can say to describe it was that it sounded like a fire truck had driven through my living room or someone had set off three of those air-horns people use at football games. So deafeningly loud.
I was totally freaked out thinking that the dryer had caught fire or that I'd left some hair appliance plugged in somewhere. After searching every room, sniffing the air like a hound dog on a trail, I found nothing and the alarm stopped on its own.
Ten minutes later, it went off again and just as I was walking by it with a basket full of laundry. I had to laugh afterwards because I actually jumped, screeched and ran away from it. It was something cartoon-like.
Fighting all urges to smash the thing with a hammer, I found a screwdriver and pried it off the wall and disconnected the wiring.

This is what I found.

See the yellow 'thingy' inside the fire alarm apparatus? Looks burned doesn't it? I took it to Home Depot and they confirmed my suspicions. My fire alarm was starting on fire and making itself alarm!

Ironic. I was protected by the very thing that tried to burn my house down.

Next project on my to do list... install new fire alarm.
Happy SPF the 13th! Did you play?


suzan said...

OMG... what a story! Ironic is an understatement.

Perfect SPF! Have a great weekend.

Suzanne R said...

That's scary! It's good that you could disconnect it on your own.

I played.

Jenni said...

OMG, that is too funny! It's a good think the fire alarm did it's job and told you it was about to spontaneously combust!