What is that in­fu­ri­at­ing sound?

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

AT one o’clock in the morn­ing, I was awak­ened by the in­fu­ri­at­ing, de­ter­mined CHIRP of what I as­sumed to be a smoke alarm.

I climbed up on a step stool and re­moved the bat­tery, think­ing that would solve the prob­lem. It did not.

Think­ing it pos­si­ble that it was a sen­sor for my house alarm, I called them, but learned that it was fine. I should men­tion that I am hard of hear­ing, so not eas­ily able to de­ter­mine where sounds orig­i­nate.

Af­ter seven hours of lis­ten­ing to that wretched beep­ing, I called my brother. He wasn’t home.

Then I tried to reach Dave, the ca­pa­ble man who at­tends to main­te­nance of my house. He was out of town, but his lovely wife, Anne, of­fered to come over to see if she could help.

Help she did! Her keen ears soon tracked down the cul­prit: a small car­bon monox­ide alarm lo­cated in the room next to the other two. New bat­ter­ies solved the prob­lem and saved the day.

Af­ter nearly eight hours of that aw­ful beep­ing, my grat­i­tude knew no bounds.

Thank you again, Anne.

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