I’m All Kinds Of Helpful

Tomorrow (Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m.) daylight savings ends. That means that you’ve gotta remember to set your clocks back one hour. See how helpful I am?

But why I’m really writing this post is because I found a very helpful little reminder in the November issue of Real Simple. There’s a page called “the simple list” and it gives you a little bit of this and that about a little of everything. Anyways, one of the blurbs on the page said that twenty-three is the percentage “of fatal home fires in which smoke detectors didn’t go off because of dead batteries”.

Almost a quarter of all fatal home fires? That seems crazy to me! And I must admit, probably 95% of the smoke detectors in our house are out of batteries. Total Side Note: have you ever noticed the batteries always seem to die in the middle of the night? You have to stand around listening to the damn thing chirp and try to figure out which one it is! Not fun at three in the morning.

But I digress. Back to the blurb. The suggestion was that you should change the batteries in all of your smoke detectors twice a year – when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. I think even I can remember to do that!

See? I really am all kinds of helpful, aren’t I?

And so it goes…


  1. Sharlene T. says:
    Now, that was an excellent hint! And, so easy to do... Thanks. Now, I'll have to rush out and get some batteries before tonight!... Just one more thing... But, well worth it... Come visit when you can...
  2. You are SO helpful!!!! (I love that Real Simple...too bad I only READ the great ideas and usually forget to implement. Augh.)

    So love ya, lady!
  3. Totally helpful. I work in a Children's hospital and I have seen tragedies that could have been prevented with a smoke detector.
  4. That is very helpful. We live in a predominately "snow-bird" community and the people next to us are gone (seems sort of backwards in florida, right? ) but any way the battery in their smoke detecter is dead and if we have the windows open or the TV off in the family room, we can hear it chirping! ughh I almost want to break in to change their batteries. This happened last year, too!
  5. The Swanns says:
    So, here's my negative Nancy attitude about "gaining an extra hour" this weekend....my kids sleep schedules will get all messed up and I will actually have an extra hour in which to find ways to entertain them and keep them busy.

    Let's just do away with Daylight Savings Time altogether....for the sake of the children, of course :)
  6. they design them that way. to go off at 3 am so that you're awakened abruptly from a great dream to the shriek of the smoke alarm and assume your house is on fire. but no, it's just the damn battery. so you'd better change it or it will shreik all night, but you're still mostly asleep so figuring out how to change a battery is akin to learning how to time travel. but you have to get it done because all you want is for it to shut up so you can get back some precious sleep.

    but if this happened during the day, you'd just ignore it. they design it that way.
  7. I'll start calling you Martha Jr. Or Lori Jr. Hmmm...
  8. I just saw that same article and I know I'm guilty of it, too. but it really is such a pain when one of them is beeping and you can't figure out which one and it's driving you nuts!!!
  9. I've seen that hint before. It's a good one.
    I'm just looking forward to an extra hour of sleep before work. It's only once a year, and I have to give it back in the spring. But for tonight? Whoopee!!
  10. MommaKiss says:
    already done, lady cakes. thanks for the reminder.
  11. Okay...funny story.
    When we moved into our new house, we hired an alarm company to install a security system. They replaced one smoke alarm with another that also has a carbon monoxide detector in it. I threw the old smoke alarm in the guest room closet and never gave it another thought. Fast forward months. I kept hearing that annoying fire alarm chirp. I replaced every fire alarm battery in the house. Still? Chirping! I thought I was losing my mind. I even called our builder and had them come out. They are the ones who found the old smoke detector in the closet. I looked like an idiot, but the chirping stopped. So worth it!
  12. You ARE all kinds of helpful! But can you just come over and change them for me? Thanks.
  13. Very helpful. I love Real Simple... it's full of great ideas and writing topics. :)

    We were rudely awakened early this morning (4 AM to be exact) by a smoke detector going off. No fire and not a dead batteries either. Scary and strange.