Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Do Ghosts Set Off Smoke Alarms?

For the past week,   our smoke alarms have been going off every night at 9:00pm.   Nothing has been on fire.  There has been no smoke.  The alarms just go off.  We live in a new house we purchased from the builder 5 months ago.  The smoke alarms are brand new, but every night the alarms go off.  This is a huge pain in the ass.   It is loud and wakes up the baby and it creeps out the kids.   Everyone panics and runs around like idiots.  You never realize how hard it is to stop those things from going off until you try to get them to shut up.  I knocked the things off of the ceiling and they still went off in my hand.  I mashed the button.  I took the batteries out.  If one goes off,  they all go off.  It is maddening.

This maddening smoke alarm behavior got me thinking about whether or not a ghost could produce this type of behavior in a smoke alarm.  My preliminary research showed that many people have this problem.   I found countless message boards where people have asked if a haunting could produce an alarm going off every night at the same time.   One person hypothesized the following on a yahoo message board, "If the theory about ghosts being a collection of energy is true, then yes, they could manipulate electrical equipment to do such things, powering if from their own energy."  This made sense to me.  This theory is supported by the large number of people that describe this type of  smoke alarm activity in haunted locations.    Stories like this one from Castle of Spirits http://www.castleofspirits.com/stories03/smokedet.html are prolific.    Another interesting smoke alarm ghost story can be found a http://www.yourghoststories.com/real-ghost-story.php?story=3449.  My husband used to work at the morgue and every night the smoke alarm went off  in front of the cooler where the bodies were kept at 3am on the nose.  It was like clockwork.  It went off for five or ten minutes and then went quiet.  It was more than creepy, especially when you are spending the night alone at the morgue. 

So, theoretically a passing spirit or ghost could produce the type of behavior we've observed in our smoke alarms here.  This smoke alarm behavior is made even more frustrating by the fact that it only seems to happen when my husband is gone so the only person that knows what they are doing with the smoke alarms isn't present.   I also wanted to investigate non supernatural possibilities for my faulty smoke alarms.   I did my reading and found that there are many things that can contribute to smoke alarms going off at the wrong time.  Many modern smoke alarms are also triggered by intense heat.  So, if it is very hot and your attic is excessively hot sometimes that will heat the ceiling and trigger the smoke alarm.  Also, if  hot steam from a shower rises up this could trigger the smoke alarm.  It is also always possible that the things are broken and need repair.  I could easily rule out the smoke alarm being broken by talking to my builder.  I could also rule out the attic heat hypothesis by going up into my attic and finding that it was not really hot up there.   That left the steam possibility.  My son does shower every night around nine and after examining his behavior, I think he was setting off the alarm by opening the bathroom door and releasing all the hot steam onto the smoke detector.  

Our house is not haunted, but that doesn't make the number of cases of smoke alarms going off without any reason less interesting.   I have never found an explanation for the alarm that went off at the morgue.   The alarm was a hospital alarm that was checked regularly due to tight hospital regulations.  It was in front of the cooler and the air around it was cooler than the rest of the hospital and since the morgue was in the basement there was no attic above it.   My husband and I still tend to believe that the phantoms of the dead locked up in that rancid smelling cooler drifted out late at night, setting off the alarm.

6 comments:

Little Gothic Horrors said...

One of our smoke alarms goes off with the gentlest of breezes coming through the window, but if we burn a piece of toast, and there's smoke billowing throughout the air... nothin'! They are the most infuriating devices.

Julie said...

We had that happen in our old house and could never find out why those darn things would go off. Could it have been ghosts? I don't know but weird and unexplained things always happened in that house.

Anonymous said...

This morning my fire alarm went off and I also have been seeing wierd figuers every where.

Anonymous said...

I was taking a shower one night when my kids were all sleeping when I heard what sounded like crying so I get out of shower check the kids and they seem to all be in a deep sleep so I know it wasn't them. I get dressed and go sit in the living room. Next you know my alarm starts going off. My alarm never does that it had new batteries and when it goes off it just constantly makes a loud noise. This night it went off it made one loud sound stopped made another loud sound stopped and did it one more time then stopped. Its rather odd. What I also think is odd is the fact I was noticing a black mist flash right past me during the time. After that day my alarm has yet to randomly go off but there is however other activity happening in my home.

Anonymous said...

Well, these alarms keep going off in this 1880's house that I live in. Definitely spiritual activity. What they want, I will find out. This is my job.I help them not to get out of hand. Right now the noise is a annoying, but they are trying to tell us something. I think there is something wrong with the 5 furnaces in the basement.

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