They. Don't. Work.
Practically speaking, anyway.
(For those of you who may be
blissfully unaware of what a smoke detector is, let me enlighten you at once. It is a small device used to detect the presence of smoke in one's house and to let off an ear-splitting screech whenever it has found some; thereby ensuring your safety in the case of a house fire.)
(What it really is, though, is a small device made to screech at you whenever you're cooking in the kitchen, toasting a piece of toast, enjoying a summer breeze through your open window (when there may possibly be a bit of smoke across the street...a neighbor's BBQ perhaps?), and doing nothing but sleeping peacefully in your bed.)
Oh! Smoke detectors are excellent at detecting smoke. Yes indeed. So good in fact, they can detect it when it isn't even there!! -Ahem- And therein lies the problem. I don't know if it's because we have faulty smoke detectors or what, but they certainly are setting a dangerous precedent.
For example. The smoke detector went off last night just outside my room. And what did I do? Did I jump up and fall into our previously planned fire-exit plan? No. I lay there and waited for it to stop. And when it did I had every intention of rolling over and going right back to sleep except that it started screeching again, and that was annoying. So I got out of bed and with the help of my mom and brother removed the battery and made it shut up.
You see what the problem is? How can one ever trust a smoke detector when all it ever does is "cry wolf"?
...Oh dear. Not again. WHO'S BURNING THE TOAST?!
Disclaimer: This was written merely as a means of indulging my strange sense of humor. I am by no means saying that you should not have smoke detectors in your house. No indeed. Please do make sure you've taken the necessary precautions to make your house a safe place. (After all, it wouldn't surprise me if these smoke detectors worked properly for everyone else, and it was only my family who had trouble of this kind. Ha! It would be just our sort of luck. *wink, wink*)