It can be a very frightening thing when a smoke alarm goes off. It’s happened to me a few times in public places. The worst time was being woken up by one at a hotel. I didn’t really understand what was happening at first at I looked up at the flashing light on the wall. I hastily pulled some pants on and tripped out into the hallway when the alarms stopped. I stood there for a few moments trading confused groggy looks with the other people in the hallway. I went back in my room and sat down on my bed and the alarm started up again. I let out a sigh and stood up… and the alarm stopped. When the alarm went off the third time I put a pillow over my head and fell back asleep.