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Sounding the Alarm on Smoke Alarms

My son seems to have a penchant for being hypersensitive to sounds. In fact, I  have considered having him evaluated by an Occupational Therapist for this because at times it is actually debilitating for him. Sudden sounds, unexpected noises, loud sounds, too much commotion; all of these things have paralyzed him with fear. He has grown out of a great many of them but others still linger on.

One of the scariest things to him is the almost always silent fire alarm that resides 6 feet over his head in his bedroom. Why is he so terrified of this contraption? Because on occasion, probably when I have been inventing some new recipe, it has gone off. We all know the ear piercing cry of the fire alarm when it is going off and our cookies are burning in the oven. It is all we can do to keep the crowds under control!

He wants it removed from his room. He doesn’t want to be near it. Whimpers about it. Even though it hasn’t gone off in months. And CLEARLY I can not remove it from his room as I value his life and his safety more than his fears.

So imagine my EXCITEMENT when I found out that there were new smoke alarms on the market that were SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW IF IT WAS A REAL FIRE! I am not kidding here. The new Iophic technology fire alarms know when it is a real fire or simply burnt cookies and it does not go off unless the fire is real! Amazing! No more nuisance fire alarms to annoy or scare my son. I only wished they had had these earlier in his life so that he didn’t learn to fear the fire alarm from the start.

October is Fire Safety Awareness Month and this week Fire Safety Awareness Week, therefore take some time and talk over fire safety with your kids, replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, and make sure all the rooms in your home have a fire alarm to keep your family safe. We all think that it won’t happen to us, but the truth is, it could.

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7 Responses to “Sounding the Alarm on Smoke Alarms”

  1. Tricia Kolsto says:

    Your son sounds like he may be a “Spirited Child”. Check out these two links. My youngest is “spirited”.
    http://www.southaustinapi.org/pdf/Spirited%20Child%20Handout.pdf
    http://www.amazon.ca/Raising-Your-Spirited-Child-Perceptive/dp/0060923288

    Hugs,
    Trish

  2. Audrey says:

    Trish,
    I was just reading about something associated with the hypersensitivity to sound. It is a condition called pyroluria. There is a couple videos on Youtube about it and you can research it on the Web too.

  3. Let us know if it really works. IE I have a somewhat newer smoke detector and we placed it a tad further from the kitchen, and guess what, it still goes off every time I cook and no, I don’t burn everything. I find smoke detectors very, very annoying.

  4. Nathaniel says:

    I used to be deathly afraid of the sound of our old smoke alarm, mostly due to Asperger’s Syndrome. But through desensitivity training, I now am used to the sound of smoke alarms and even have a collection.

  5. Charlie says:

    Hello:

    This must be so excruciating for the poor little guy!

    I would definitely have him checked out by a occupational therapist!

    Also I would make an appointment for a Ear Specialist, and have him checked there as well.

    I’m praying that you will be able to find out the reasons for his sensitivity.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

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