I was so thrilled to finally have a new apartment 6 months later, that it never occurred to me to check the smoke alarms. They’re supposed to work. Right? Yes, they’re supposed to, but sometimes in readying a apartment for a new tenant, things get over-looked.
I took some cold medicine Saturday afternoon which made me groggy enough to fall asleep on the couch. I woke (cat loudly meowing) to an apartment filled with smoke, I quickly got the chicken soup off the fire, covering my mouth with a kitchen towel, opened the back and balcony door, turned on the air conditioner and retired to the back porch landing with the cat, iphone and a cold beer.
It was there I realized what was wrong with this picture. There are 2 smoke alarms in this apartment and neither of them went off. They’re being replaced as I type. I would not have burned to death, the chicken would have slowly become ash in it’s deep pot, but the smoke may have sent me to a more permanent sleep.
So here’s my PSA: Whenever you move into a new place, immediately test the smoke alarms and of course
When, you change your clocks; change your smoke alarm batteries. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.