I wasnt going to post about this but its been eating at me all day.
Last night at almost exactly 3am our fire alarm went off. My wife and I were awakend by it and got out of bed quite quickly. Our daughter is spending the week with my mom out of town. At 3 am, that information was not fresh in my mind, I moved as fast as i could to my daughters room which is only about 10 feet from ours. She wasnt there and there was no smoke or fire from her room. The wife reminded me over the screaming fire alarm that she was not home. The wife ran upstairs to check for the cause of the fire alarm. All i can remember is how fast she ran up there and how slow i was to follow. I called out to her from the staircase asking her where the smoke was comming from and to stay low... She screamed back that the smoke detectors were not going off up there... its only downstairs.
I ran to the bath room...nothing... laundry room...again nothing... I ran to the screaming smoke detector and "fanned" the sensor and it stoped.
We turned on all the lights.. checked every electrical outlet in the house. The smoke detectors in this house run on the same power as the house. No batteries to replace, and there isnt a backup 9V battery in it incase the power goes out... which i think is stupid.
After 30 mins of checking and making sure, i ruled it a false alarm and we tried our best to fall back to sleep.
Now this is what im beating myself up about.. All while this was going on I diddnt even for a minute think to get the bedside gun. I will openly admit that at 3am my brain was not in top shape but we were so worried about a possible fire, i diddnt even think that a "BG" could be messing with the house trying to throw us off guard, so that he could invade.
Am I right to beat myself up for it? should I have had my weapon at the ready?
What would you have done.. now remember... even though you think you can for sure be 100% after being woken up from a DEAD sleep, you cant.