A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 05, 2017
“They say you should test your fire alarm every month. That would cost a fortune in houses”

You shouldn’t test a fire alarm by starting a house fire, but there’s a joke:

“They say you should test your fire alarm every month. That would cost a fortune in houses.”

The jocular one-line saying has been cited in print since 2012.


Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London: Biteback Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
They say you should test your fire alarms once a month. It’s cost me a fortune in houses.

Twitter
TheeonlyCraig
‏@theeonlycraig
“@funnyoneliners: The say you should test your fire alarm once a month. I try but it’s costing me a fortune in houses.”
7:25 AM - 28 Dec 2012

Twitter
sickipedia
‏@sickipediareal
The say you should test your fire alarm once a month. I try but it’s costing me a fortune in houses.
7:25 AM - 28 Dec 2012

Twitter
Alex
‏@Talking_Teddy
They say you should test your fire alarm every month. That would cost a fortune in houses.
2:31 PM - 11 Jan 2013

Twitter
Joe Jaffa
‏@joejaffa
The say you should test your fire alarm once a month. I did that for a while, but it cost me a fortune in houses and fire insurance
9:26 PM - 14 Aug 2013

Twitter
Francois du Toit
‏@francoisdtoit
The alarm people said I should test my fire alarm once a month. I try my best, but it’s starting to cost me a fortune in houses.
10:30 AM - 30 Aug 2013

Twitter
Rob Thompson
‏@sirchutney
BBC NEWS: Test your fire alarm once a month ...
I would, but it’ll cost me a fortune in houses.
1:23 PM - 25 Jan 2017

Reddit—Jokes
They say you should test your fire alarm once a month…
submitted January 25, 2017 by Gurencia
But it’s costing me a fortune in houses!

Twitter
LaffGaff
‏@LaffGaff
They say you should test your fire alarm at least once a month.
But it’s costing me a fortune in houses.
#funny #jokes
4:12 PM - 4 Feb 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Sunday, February 05, 2017 • Permalink