My smoke detector is possessed. Last night, about 4:00am, while I was lying in bed completely asleep, it decided to go off. *BEEP BEEP BEEP* and then nothing. I'm fearing the worst: electrical fire, an explosion of some kind... so I crawl out of bed, across my floor, and I test the back of my bedroom door. Cold. I open the door slowly and sniff intently. I have one of the strongest senses of smell of anyone I know (a curse at times), and I could not smell any smoke. Nothing. I couldn't smell anything good or bad or any smell. That's how I like my apartment: no smells. Since the alarm had gone off and stopped on it's own, I went back to bed. Three minutes later (just as my eyes closed again), *BEEP BEEP* and then nothing. Bloody Hell! I panicked. Why would the alarm be going off? I sat out in the living room and waited ten minutes before giving up. I came in to my bedroom to look up emergency numbers for the apartment complex (don't have any), for Corvallis Fire Department (the non-emergency line... where can I get that number?)... and it did it's little *BEEP BEEP* thing again. Oh, I lost it. I was going straight for the National Guard's number!
In the end, I called my parents to see if they knew what would make a smoke detector go off if nothing was on fire. I felt all the walls in my apartment to make sure nothing was warm behind them. The oven hadn't been on since 9am, and I NEVER burn candles. My parents didn't appreciate the 4:30am phone call.
As I sit here, five hours later, exhausted and frustrated, I worry. I'm an incredibly fire-conscious person, especially since I live "attached" to other people. I really don't like it when my smoke detector (which doesn't use batteries--it's hard-wired) starts going off. Scares the shit out of me.
If you know any possible causes for a false alarm, please comment. I don't want this to happen again.