Christmas morning and all through the house, not a critter was stirring…..until my gun safe alarm went off….at 4:12 a.m. ……LOUDLY….
A little background first. This is one of those gun safes that holds one or two pistols, has a 4 digit combo lock on the top and uses a bunch of batteries inside to electronically lock/unlock the safe. When the batteries get weak, there is a 9-volt plugin on top to allow you to attach one of those 9-volt rectangular batteries to give it a little boost to allow you to open the safe to change out the regular AA batteries.
So at 4:12 a.m. this morning, suddenly the battery alarm for the safe starts “chirping”, to let me know it was weak. When I tried to open it up (naturally not thinking very well at that time of night), the alarm went off on the safe. For the next hour, no matter what I did, I could not get the safe to open. I am sure I plugged in the right combo many many times, I used multiple 9-volt batteries to boost the batteries inside, I tried combinations that I was sure would work, but nothing would open that safe up. I was getting a real headache from the alarm going off in one ear and the wife going off in the other ear. This was not fun!
Finally, I got out another 9V booster battery (probably the sixth or seventh one I tried), plugged it in, tried the combination and ka-ching, it finally opened. Immediately I took out the contents and placed them into my regular gun safe, then, I removed the batteries from inside this little safe. The alarm obviously stopped at about 6:30 a.m. on Christmas morning.
I have a few lessons learned from this wonderful experience (trust me, when the wife gets woken up at 4:12 in the morning on Christmas morning after having not gotten to bed until VERY late….it is not a “wonderful” experience.) First, I went a loooong time without checking this safe, so it made the combination not readily retrievable from my somewhat befuddled mind at 4:12 in the morning. Had this been a real emergency, it would have been a bad experience trying to get the contents out that I wanted. Second, batteries need to be rotated and used or get rid of them. The “new” batteries I tried to use were not cutting it because they had sat in the storage area too long. Maybe if I had them in a recharger it would have allowed me in the first time, but regardless, fresh, fully charged batteries are necessary. Third, have the combinations available to others in case you are not around. Write them down and place them somewhere not easily found but someplace that your spouse can get to if necessary, and as a reminder for you if you are not quite sure (at 4:12 in the morning).
I hope my attempt at humor and real life lessons learned is useful to some of you in the pack. This is just a friendly reminder to change out those batteries and the end of the year is a good time to go around and do that when the weather outside is not so pleasant !!! A great prepping 2017 to all in the pack.