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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Smoke without a fire ;-)


Have to write about a worrying experience I had on Tuesday evening.

I had put oil on heat for frying something. The oil was emitting some smoke. I wasn't too worried as the oil was a lot used and I just switched on the exhaust on high mode. But as as soon as I put the bittergourd I wanted to fry into the oil, the container just emitted a burst of smoke. Before I knew it, the fire alarm in the house started ringing (there was no fire anywhere, damn it! There are only electric stoves here!!). Sri immediately opened all the windows, switched the AC to full blast and opened the door. The alarm rang for about 5 times and then all was quiet...

Now my worries started. Will the fire department be coming? If so, will they accept that it was just a little bit of smoke? Will they fine us for a false alarm? Sri said they usually just take a signature saying there is no problem and they return, but he didn't have any experience of it either. I could see he was tensed (he even went near the parking lot to receive and send them back from there itself) and that made me even more nervous. After pacing and worrying for about 10-15 min, there was still no sign of any fire engine. I was surprised. I mean, if its a real fire situation, shouldn't the fire engine be coming within 10 min? Sri also agreed with me and said that they are probably not coming. Since the alarm didn't ring continuously and stopped almost immediately, I guess, they realized that it probably was not a fire.

Phew!! Anyways, I think I'll remember the ten tense minutes all my life (I've made sure of that by putting it here on my blog) :-D

8 Comments:


Missy (Ms. C) retorted...

Well, the fire dept didn't come because this was the alarm within your house, meaning it was to alarm only people within the house. In case, you were sleeping or something, it was to wake you up. The fire alarms for which the fire dept would come by themselves are when the building is on fire and the louder building alarm sets off, which the dept must come to turn off.

Also, if your house alarm goes off and you know what has caused it, and you want to turn it off, just fan the air around the alarm with a newspaper or a magazine or something. HTH


Sriram retorted...

makes absolute sense - i was wondering what if the fire dept are off to NO saving lives there or to Galveston, TX..:)

missy, on a side note, some apts do have the alarms linked to fire dept .. i have lived in one such coupla years ago elsewhere...


Deeps retorted...

oh wow, thanks Missy :) I was really very worried about it..

Now that I know this, looks like I can generate how much ever smoke I want. Eh, Sri?? ;-) :-D :))))


on9thcloud retorted...

It has happened several times when I prepare rotis! The firealarm is just few feet away from my kitchen and I have hard time whenever my rotis are little burnt.
Now I am getting used to the alarm:)


Deeps retorted...

>> on9thcloud >>

Oof this was my first time. I guess I'll get used to it, like you soon ;-) (to my hubby's horror :-D)


wise donkey retorted...

:) can imagine how scary it would have been.

btw have tagged you:)


Deeps retorted...

Oh no!! Why me :(

Ok ok Gaya, you got me this time and I'm gonna write that post only because its you :) Gimme some time though :-D


wise donkey retorted...

:) deeps