Careless cooking happens often
Yep, it’s after 6am, and I STILL haven’t gotten to sleep yet.
So I was privileged enough to hear yet another false fire alarm in Hoboken on the live police/fire scanner.
Fire alarms were activated at the Jefferson Trust apartment building at 300 Newark Street. Reports of “smoke on the first floor”. It turned out to be “careless cooking” which ranks in the top three reasons for false alarms in Hoboken, along with rain storms / flooding and construction workers (either sawdust, chemicals, etc.).
This incident of careless cooking was a little different for responding firefighters, as they said it was the THIRD time this person FELL ASLEEP while cooking (not sure if it was breakfast, or a drunken meal from a long Sunday night out). Great job, sleepy-pie!
While centrally monitored alarm systems are a modern marvel that likely saves 1000’s of lives annually, they really need to perfect the smoke-sensing technology to be able to differentiate between cooking and a bonafide structure fire. I live in an older building and have probably set my smoke detectors off at least once a year. At least I didn’t waste resources (fuel, waking neighbors, etc).
Is it possible that the lost economic productivity from the sluggish people that were awakened in the early dawn is much worse than the one out of 10,000 times these fancy alarm systems actually predict a real fire. Am I off-base here? There has to be some new technology somewhere!