Have any of you ever tested if your kids would wake up to the smoke detector?

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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:23:34 PM
Dateline is doing another story on this. I remember they did it at least 8 years ago because I bought one that said "Fire, fire" in addition to beeping when DS#2 was young.

In any case, it go me thinking about whether my kids would wake up or not and I kind of want to test it...both for the educational and entertainment purposes.

Have you ever tested the alarm in the middle of the night?

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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:28:25 PM
I honestly don't see how my family could sleep through ours, but I should test them to see. They are so loud the neighbors could probably hear them going off.

Even when our batteries are low and one 'chirps' my dd's are annoyed by the chirping sound. It's loud too.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:32:09 PM
we had a real life incident last week..the furnace motor burned out and the smoke alarms went off at 11 pm.. all but one of us was awake..but my adult daughter did not get up...we went and got her out.

I called 911, 20 firefighters and 4 engines showed up...but did not have to do anything other than turn off furnace. smoke went away.

it is scary to know you may not wake up...

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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:32:59 PM
We have the ones that are hard wired through an alarm company through out the whole house. Several years ago there was a malfunction, and they all went off at around oh, 2 AM. Joy.

My niece was 7 or 8, and slept through the cacophony that went on for at least five minutes before I managed to shut the whole thing off. I was really surprised that she didn't wake up at all.

Now that she's 12 I don't think she would. She woke up when something fell over in the house in the middle of the night just last month.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:43:25 PM
Yep tested them and the kids never used to wake up. We then got recordable ones that we could record our voices telling the kids to wake up and get out of the house right away. Those worked wonderful until they died. DD now wakes up, DS #2 I think he purposely ignores when they are going off or a test but when the carbon monoxide detector went off last week he was up and out of bed fast.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:51:30 PM
Ours all wake up immediately....but we're a little jumpy still about house fires. lol

We have one in every bedroom though.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:27:54 PM
I'm the one that sleeps through them here. Once, my ds was working on his car in the garage and they went off (he had the garage door open too), but I slept right through it, even though when one goes off, they all go off. The other time we aren't sure why they went off, but my dh said it took a while to get them to stop, but once again, I slept right through it. I hope there isn't a real fire and I'm the only one home, or I'm a goner.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:38:26 PM
My kids are teens. One was chirping and DH changed the battery. DD (13) woke up, but DS (16) slept right through it. And the alarm is inches from his face because he has a loft bed.

He takes meds to sleep and it's impossible to wake him at night. DH is "assigned" to get him out and I have DD because I know DH can drag my big football player out if he has to. It scares me more than anything, because neither kid used to wake up and DH deploys and travels a lot. I never ever take anything to sleep or have a drink when DH is gone. Never.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:46:09 PM
DH takes ambien some days (he works 12 hour overnights). I wonder if he would wake up.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 10:04:56 PM
I've never tested it. I couldn't sleep through it but DH might. DD could go either way. There are so many things to prepare for and teach our kids about...it's overwhelming.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 10:34:39 PM
We did fire drills with our kids when they were little, but I never expected THEM to HAVE to wake up to a fire alarm. Our house is small, and even IF they woke up to the alarm, I would NEVER assume 100% that they would be clear thinking enough in the middle of a dead sleep to depend on their getting out if the alarm sounded. I'm certain 2 of our girls would have needed guidance - because they wouldn't be fully awake.

Because our young kids were never home alone, it never occurred to us that the deep sleepers needed to wake up to the alarm - not sure it would have done much good. Even dh is pretty fuzzy when he's awakened in the middle of the night. I on the other hand wake up when someone in our household sneezes! Yeah, not fun to be that light of a sleeper.

Dh and I always assumed WE would be assisting getting the kids out. If they made it out their window before we got to them (two steps across the hallway from our bedroom) - fine. We all know where the "everyone meet here" site is in our yard so we'd know all were out!

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Posted: 3/24/2013 10:37:36 PM

Dh and I always assumed WE would be assisting getting the kids out.
Ah, but what if the fire is in between you and them? Or you have become incapacitated somehow?

Our bedroom is right across the hall from the boys, but if the fire started in the bathroom or had already gotten the carpet in between us then they would need to wake up on their own.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 10:52:08 PM
I'm hearing impaired so it's me that doesn't hear the smoke alarm.

There are some different types of alarms if the standard type doesn't work for your family. There are alarms which vibrate - they go under your pillow and if anyone has a hearing loss that affects the high frequencies, there are alarms that have a lower frequency.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 10:57:44 PM
Mine usually sleep through the alarm.

I have one that periodically goes off if someone is cooking. Most of the time they sleep through it. Upon occasion, 1 will get up and ask if b'fast is ready.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 11:11:26 PM
Children under 13 do not wake up to the beeping like adults do. Google children sleeping through smoke detectors and test your kids. It could save a life.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 11:29:45 PM
I highly doubt that the boy would wake up to the fire alarm. He sleeps through 2 regular alarms going off in his room.

Honestly, I sleep through clock alarms myself. Not sure the smoke alarm would wake me.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 12:34:17 AM
Yes and my kids sleep through it. I don't know how because not only is the smoke detector blaring but the dog is going ape shit under it.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:51:10 AM
We've accidently set ours off in the middle of the night (it's tied into a burglar alarm.)

One horn is in the attic, maybe 10 ft from ds' room. He sleeps up near the ceiling on the top bunk. Sleeps right through it, he's 16! His 21 yo brother also sleeps right through it. Scares the living daylights out of my 13 yo dd when it's happened in the middle of the night. Other dd also awakens when it goes off (she's 22.)

For whatever reason the boys seem to be heavy sleepers

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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:56:27 AM
My DD wakes up instantly. In fact I 'dream' about using it to get her up in the morning when she won't get up however, I won't do that because I don't want her to ignore it if it were ever real. So I may dream about it and chuckle a little but I never would. DS sleeps right thru, and he's our self appointed home 'fire Marshall' in charge of fire drills and making sure we all know the plan ( to meet at the mailbox ) we all already knew our plan when he one day decided that he was going to be ' in charge' so we let him think he is to be sure he remembers. So first thing on my ( because im mom and im responsible) and DD's ( because she has to pass his room to get out) fire plans is to check that the 'fire marshall' is up. LOLLOL

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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:59:55 AM
I remember seeing this on tv some time ago. They showed kids sleeping right through the standard alarm. Then they got the alarm that was a recorded voice of the parents saying "Susie, wake up!" That one worked. It was an eye-opener. I've never tested my kids but I probably should now that they're older and home alone sometimes. Although neither of them has ever been alone here overnight. Our house is only one story so I always figured that if there was a fire and I couldn't get to their doors I could get to their windows from outside. I know for a fact that I would wake up because I wake up to anything that's unusual. Plus the dog HATES the smoke detector and she runs around going "rowrwrwowowrowrowr!" until we get it to stop. lol.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:53:40 AM
I am sure that my 9 yr old will sleep through it. I would not expect him to wake up if it went off. Nothing wakes him up.

DH & I would expect to have to get him, and pray that we were able to.

Our other child is in a crib, so we'd need to be able to get them both.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 8:25:06 PM
I did last week. DS doesn't wake up. Our smoke detector is in the hall. He's getting one in his room

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Posted: 3/25/2013 8:30:32 PM
Our smoke detector went off last week when I was cooking mushrooms. They did not wake up. We had emergency services here late Friday night for DS2 and DS1 did not wake up either.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 10:24:37 PM
Wow, to be honest I've never even thought about doing this, but I will now thanks to this thread. Thank you so much for posting this!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 10:28:03 PM
Our fire alarm went off when we were just hanging out watching TV. Our boys had already fallen asleep on the floor and didn't flinch when the alarm was blaring. Our neighbors behind us woke up and the boys slept through it all. It is very scary!!

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