Knowing your smoke alarm
LEARN - DON’T BURN
Your home is now fitted with a quality Brooks Smoke Alarm. This smoke alarm is a sensitive
electronic device providing early warning of fire. Once flame is present you have little time to
escape.
In a home fire, breathing in smoke and toxic fumes is the most common cause of death. Fires
give off the gas Carbon Monoxide. The carbon monoxide from a fire is like pumping car exhaust
into the ‘home’. The carbon monoxide interferes with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to the
brain causing confusion, disorientation and unconsciousness. From laboratory tests, we know
that furniture, like a sofa upholstered with polyurethane foam, is capable of producing lethally
high levels of carbon monoxide within one to two minutes from first flame. A person exposed to
this would be unconscious after only two or three breaths. Death would follow within three (3)
minutes. A sleeping occupant would simply die in their sleep.
Your smoke alarm has been installed to protect you and your family. Look after it and it will
look after you.
False/Nuisance Alarms….
Smoke alarms monitor the air, detecting smoke that enters the unit. In your home you must be
careful not to create fumes or particles which “look” like smoke. Examples: airborne dust, steam
cooking fumes, fumes from gas or oil heaters and aerosol sprays. All these things if allowed to
build up will cause a false/nuisance alarm causing inconvenience to you and your family.
Always ensure adequate ventilation if you smoke or cook in a small area. Remember, what may
appear as a ‘false alarm’ could be your smoke alarm detecting fumes that “look” like smoke.
If your smoke alarm sounds for “no reason” look to see if there is another possible cause. Get a
towel or newspaper and fan the smoke alarm. This is to blow out any particles which may have
caused it to sound.
KNOW YOUR SMOKE ALARM
• A smoke alarm does not prevent fires – but you can.
• Your home is now fitted with a BROOKS - 9V PHOTO OPTICAL Smoke Alarm
with non-removable non-replaceable 10YR Lithium Battery.
• NO CHANGING OF BATTERY IS REQUIRED
• AUTOMATIC SELF-TEST - the red light will flash every 40 seconds to show that the
smoke alarm has performed a test on the smoke chamber. (this is normal)
• HUSH BUTTON – Pressing the combined hush/test button silences nuisance alarms and
automatically resets after 10 minutes. (The red light will flash every 10 seconds to let
you know the unit has been silenced)
• MANUALLY TESTING – test your smoke alarm weekly – press hush/test button gently
until the alarm sounds (it may take up to 5 seconds)
Warning - Do not test with flame.
• ALARM CONDITION – In alarm the sounder will activate and the red led will flash rapidly.
• CONTAMINATION – If the unit beeps and the red light does not flash at the same time,
it indicates that the smoke chamber may be contaminated. It may need cleaning .
• LOW BATTERY WARNING – If the smoke alarm beeps and the red light flashes at the
same time, it indicates the battery is depleted and the entire alarm must be replaced The lithium
battery is designed to power the smoke alarm for 10 years under normal conditions.
• When cooking or smoking ensure adequate ventilation.
• Do not paint over the smoke alarm.
• Do not let dust, cobwebs or grease accumulate on your smoke alarm.
• Plan your escape route – BE READY
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