Shield of protection from fire
On May 1 this year, it became compulsory for every building in NSW _in which people sleep_ to have a smoke alarm. As of November 1, anyone not in compliance was liable for a fine of up to $550.
My smoke alarm was installed yesterday. Exactly the sort of service I've come to expect from my real estate agency, whose motto seems to be, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And if it is broke, we don't wanna know."
No offence to the tradesman they sent round. He was a lovely old bloke who cheerfully embedded the device in the ceiling and wired it up in under an hour.
Now, when I walk from by bedroom to the bathroom at night, I look up at the little green light and feel a new sense of safety. I just hope it doesn't start beeping the next time I sizzle sausages.