Had a weird thing happen today. I have a squirrelcam on my back patio to watch for squirrels eating my fence. Since I can often hear them jump on the fence before I see them, I usually have that microphone active in my 4-camera group view.
Because the outdoor microphone is active so often, I hear a lot of things around the neighborhood I wouldn’t otherwise hear. Barking dogs, people talking, sirens (I have a fire station just 2 blocks away), and various large vehicles, like garbage trucks.
This morning I hear a repetitive beeping. Sounded like a large truck in reverse. I ignore it. Just some of the neighborhood sounds, I think. It’s a work day. Thing is, I didn’t realize it WASN’T coming from the microphone.
Then I get an alert from my clerestory window camera along my roofline in my hallway that it is hearing a smoke detector alarm. I say wow, so it’s true that these cameras think a truck’s backup beep is a fire alarm? LOL. Then I realize the backup sound I’ve been hearing wasn’t coming from the squirrelcam’s microphone, it was coming from WITHIN the house! So I step outside my computer room and listen. The smoke detector I tested with is right over my head. But it’s silent. Where is that beeping coming from?
Well, I have a different smoke alarm than the one I tested with in response #13 in my master bedroom’s bathroom (I used to have a space heater in there for winter mornings before I retired). Forgot all about it! It has never alarmed. Well, today it was alarming. For no apparent reason. I reset it and it was content. Not even a low battery alert, although tomorrow I will change the battery.
Other than my tests, I have never seen a smoke detector alert reported by a camera. In all fairness, they had been switched off in the camera settings until I did the test 2 days ago. Well, the first one I saw was reporting an actual smoke alarm! So proud of the little bugger for helping me realize the sound I was hearing as NOT a truck backing up! Could have made a difference if there had been an actual fire!