I Could Have Died, and No One Would Know.

In my quest to eat something other than chicken for dinner, I got fancy. Tacos.
I know! I sound like a 5-star restaurant over here.

The process isn’t hard. Put meat in skillet, cook meat, drain fat, add water and taco seasoning. Ole! Tacos created. Naturally, I screwed this process up. Typical, right? The meat created a lot of smoke, and (most likely because I was distracted by a phone call) I had failed to open up my windows or turn on a fan, so my smoke detector went off.

I had a temporary moment of panic, quickly learning that I can’t reach my smoke detector (duh Jackie.) nor can I pull the battery. I don’t mind the loud buzzing, but I was terrified that the fire department was going to show up to my smoke-filled apartment with fire hoses ready as I stood there in my sombrero with my tacos sizzling on the stove, quickly becoming “that girl” in my apartment unit.

The alarm went off for just under a minute because I fanned the smoke away, but went off another two times before I could get my windows open to start airing out my apartment.

So, what did I learn?

1. Open windows when creating smokey food items
2. Don’t take phone calls when operating a stove
3. My smoke detector works

Slightly concerning. No phone call, no knock on my door, no fire department showing up, nothing. Maybe I’m new at this (which is a very fortunate thing for me), but when the alarm goes off, doesn’t that mean something’s wrong?

This whole thing then made me think of the worst – what if I was home and there was a fire? Or some sort of gas leak or crazy axe murderer? What if I died in my apartment?! Yes, I’m overreacting, but I live alone, which means all of these things could happen and no one would know for a while. Thank you Law and Order for freaking me out. Adding another “con” to the list of not having a room mate!


One thought on “I Could Have Died, and No One Would Know.

  1. mhaithaca says:

    Sounds like your neighbors are used to that smoke detector going off! Maybe the landlord can move it a few feet farther away, so it’ll still go off for a real fire, but is less likely to when you’re cooking. (Mine does that, too, though.)

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