User`s manual | BRK electronic 100S Smoke Alarm User Manual

OTHER FEATURES OF SMOKE ALARMS
User’s Manual
Battery (DC) operated smoke alarms: Provide protection even when electricity fails, provided the batteries are fresh
and correctly installed. Units are easy to install, and do not require professional installation.
AC powered smoke alarms: Can be interconnected so if one unit senses smoke, all units alarm. They do not operate
if electricity fails. Units must be installed by a qualified electrician.
AC/DC powered smoke alarms: (AC with battery back-up): Can be interconnected so if one unit senses smoke,
all units alarm. They will operate if electricity fails, provided the batteries are fresh and correctly installed. Units must be
installed by a qualified electrician.
Smoke alarms for the hearing impaired: Special purpose smoke alarms should be installed for the hearing
impaired. They include a visual alarm and an audible alarm horn, and meet the requirements of the Americans
With Disabilities Act. These units can be interconnected so if one unit senses smoke, all units alarm. They do
not operate if electricity fails. Units must be installed by a qualified electrician. This smoke alarm is an AC
powered unit that has an 85 decibel alarm and a 177 candela strobe light, which flashes rapidly when the unit
is in alarm. This unit is specially designed to wake hearing impaired persons. It features an 85dB alarm plus a
brilliant 177 candela strobe light that flashes rapidly when the unit senses smoke.
All these units are designed to provide early warning of fires if located, installed and cared for as described in the user’s
manual, and if smoke reaches them. If you are unsure which type of unit to install, refer to Chapter 2 of the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 72 (National Fire Alarm Code) and NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code). National Fire
Protection Association, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269-9101. Local building codes may also require
specific units in new construction or in different areas of the home.
AC Powered Ionization Smoke
Alarm for the Hearing Impaired
Cat. 100S
SPECIAL COMPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS
Input: 120V AC 60Hz, .053 A Standby, .059 A Alarm
Strobe: 177 candela minimum
Ionization smoke alarms are generally more effective at detecting flaming fires which
consume combustible materials rapidly and spread quickly. Sources of these fires may
include paper burning in a wastebasket, or a grease fire in the kitchen.
Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more effective at detecting smoldering fires
which smolder for hours before bursting into flame. Sources of these fires may include
cigarettes burning in couches or bedding.
For maximum protection, use both types of smoke alarms on each level of your home.
This smoke alarm alone is not a suitable substitute for complete fire detection systems in places housing many
people—like apartment buildings, condominiums, hotels, motels, dormitories, hospitals, long-term health care facilities,
nursing homes, day care facilities, or group homes of any kind—even if they were once single-family homes. It is not a
suitable substitute for complete fire detection systems in warehouses, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and
special-purpose non-residential buildings which require special fire detection and alarm systems. Depending on the
building codes in your area, this smoke alarm may be used to provide additional protection in these facilities.
The following information applies to all four types of buildings listed below: In new construction, most building
codes require the use of AC or AC/DC powered smoke alarms only. In existing construction, AC, AC/DC, or DC
powered smoke alarms can be used as specified by local building codes. Refer to NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm Code)
or NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code), local building codes, or consult your Fire Department for detailed fire protection
requirements in buildings not defined as “households.”
1. Single-Family Residence: Single family home, townhouse. It is recommended smoke alarms be installed on every
level of the home, in every bedroom, and in each bedroom hallway.
2. Multi-Family or Mixed Occupant Residence: Apartment building, condominium. This smoke alarm is suitable for
use in individual apartments or condos, provided a primary fire detection system already exists to meet fire detection
requirements in common areas like lobbies, hallways, or porches. Using this smoke alarm in common areas may not
provide sufficient warning to all residents or meet local fire protection ordinances/regulations.
3. Institutions: Hospitals, day care facilities, long-term health care facilities. This smoke alarm is suitable for use in
individual patient sleeping/resident rooms, provided a primary fire detection system already exists to meet fire detection
requirements in common areas like lobbies, hallways, or porches. Using this smoke alarm in common areas may not
provide sufficient warning to all residents or meet local fire protection ordinances/regulations.
4. Hotels and Motels: Also boarding houses and dormitories. This smoke alarm is suitable for use inside individual
sleeping/resident rooms, provided a primary fire detection system already exists to meet fire detection requirements in
common areas like lobbies, hallways, or porches. Using this smoke alarm in common areas may not provide sufficient
warning to all residents or meet local fire protection ordinances/regulations.
Model
100S
M06-2038-005 8/99
INSIDE THIS MANUAL
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND SAVE.
This user’s manual contains important information about your smoke alarm’s operation. If you are installing
this smoke alarm for use by others, you must leave this manual—or a copy of it—with the end user.
THIS USER’S MANUAL HAS BEEN RESIZED TO PRINT OUT ON 8-1/2 x 11” PAGES.
BLACK page numbers reference the original printed document.
RED page numbers reference this web version.
Other Features Of Smoke Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Special Compliance Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Limitations Of Smoke Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where To Install Smoke Alarms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where Not To Install Smoke Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting Your Family From Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What To Do In Case Of Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Important! Read Before Installing This Smoke Alarm . . .
How To Install This Smoke Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Weekly Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Regular Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If This Smoke Alarm Goes Into Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If This Smoke Alarm Is Not Working Properly . . . . . . . . .
10-Year Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
All Rights Reserved. ©1999 BRK Brands, Inc.
BRK Brands, Inc., 3901 Liberty Street Road, Aurora, IL 60504-8122
Consumer Affairs: (800) 323-9005
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LIMITATIONS OF SMOKE ALARMS
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Smoke alarms have played a key role in reducing deaths resulting from home fires worldwide. However, like any warning
device, smoke alarms can only work if they are properly located, installed, and maintained, and if smoke reaches them.
They are not foolproof.
Smoke alarms cannot work without power.Battery operated units cannot work if the batteries are missing,
disconnected or dead, if the wrong type of batteries are used, or if the batteries are not installed correctly. AC units
cannot work if the AC power is cut off for any reason (open fuse or circuit breaker, failure along a power line or at a
power station, electrical fire that burns the electrical wires, etc.). If you are concerned about the limitations of battery or
AC power, install both types of units.
Smoke alarms cannot detect fires if the smoke does not reach them.Smoke from fires in chimneys or walls, on
roofs, or on the other side of closed doors may not reach the sensing chamber and set off the alarm. That is why one
unit should be installed inside each bedroom or sleeping area—especially if bedroom or sleeping area doors are closed
at night—and in the hallway between them.
Smoke alarms may not detect fire on another floor or area of the home.For example, a stand-alone unit on the
second floor may not detect smoke from a basement fire until the fire spreads. This may not give you enough time to
escape safely. That is why recommended minimum protection is at least one unit in every sleeping area, and every
bedroom on every level of your home. Even with a unit on every floor, stand-alone units may not provide as much
protection as interconnected units, especially if the fire starts in a remote area. Some safety experts recommend
installing interconnected AC powered units with battery back-up (see “Other Features Of Smoke Alarms”) or professional
1
INSTALLING SMOKE ALARMS IN MOBILE HOMES
fire detection systems, so if one unit senses smoke, all units alarm. Interconnected units may provide earlier
warning than stand-alone units since all units alarm when one detects smoke.
Smoke alarms may not be heard.Though the alarm horn in this unit meets or exceeds current standards, it may not be
For minimum security install one smoke alarm as close to each sleeping area as possible. For more security, put
one unit in each room. Many older mobile homes (especially those built before 1978) have little or no insulation.
If your mobile home is not well insulated, or if you are unsure of the amount of insulation, it is important to install
units on inside walls only. Smoke alarms should be installed where temperatures normally remain between 40˚F
(4˚C) and 100˚F (38˚C).
heard if: 1) the unit is located outside a closed or partially closed door; 2) residents recently consumed alcohol or drugs; 3) the
alarm is drowned out by noise from stereo, TV, traffic, air conditioner or other appliances; 4) residents are hearing impaired or
sound sleepers. Special purpose units, like those with visual and audible alarms, should be installed for hearing impaired
residents.
AGENCY PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Smoke alarms may not have time to alarm before the fire itself causes damage,injury, or death, since
smoke from some fires may not reach the unit immediately. Examples of this include persons smoking in bed,
children playing with matches, or fires caused by violent explosions resulting from escaping gas.
Smoke alarms are not foolproof.Like any electronic device, smoke alarms are made of components that can
wear out or fail at any time. You must test the unit weekly to ensure your continued protection. Smoke alarms
cannot prevent or extinguish fires. They are not a substitute for property or life insurance.
Smoke alarms have a limited life.The unit should be replaced immediately if it is not operating properly.
It is recommended you replace a smoke alarm after 10 years from date of manufacture. See back of smoke alarm
for manufacture date.
IMPORTANT!
This equipment should be installed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard 72.
National Fire Protection Association, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269-9101.Additional local building
and regulatory codes may apply in your area. Always check compliance requirements before beginning
any installation.
NFPA Standard 72 Section 2-2.1.1.1
2-2.1.1.1 Smoke alarms shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the
bedrooms and on each additional story of the family living unit, including basements and excluding crawl spaces
and unfinished attics. In new construction a smoke alarm shall also be installed in each sleeping room. Chapter 2
also reads as follows: 2-2.2.1: In new construction, where more than one smoke alarm is required by 2-2.1, alarms
shall be so arranged that operation of any one alarm shall cause the operation of all alarms within the dwelling. A2.5.2.1 Smoke Detection-Are More Smoke Alarms Desirable? The required number of smoke alarms might not
provide reliable early warning protection for those areas separated by a door from the areas protected by the
required smoke alarms. For this reason, it is recommended that the householder consider the use of additional
smoke alarms for those areas for increased protection. The additional areas include the basement, bedrooms,
dining room, furnace room, utility room, and hallways not protected by the required smoke alarms. The installation
of smoke alarms in kitchens, attics (finished or unfinished), or garages is not normally recommended, as these
locations occasionally experience conditions that can result in improper operation.
WHERE TO INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS
STROBE LIGHT
OUTPUT FOR WALL
AND CEILING
MOUNTING
90°
90°
90°
Angle
(In Degrees)
Percent
Light Intensity
0
5-25
30-45
50
55
60
65
70
75
80
85
90
100
90
75
55
45
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
45°
The intensity of the strobe light
0°
45°
45°
gradually lessens as the angle
0°
increases. In other words, the light
is brightest directly in front of the
strobe light and is progressively
45°
less bright to either side. As
90°
required by Underwriters
Laboratories Inc. (UL), the
following illustrations show how the strobe light is dispersed. Use them to help you choose where to locate units
for the hearing impaired.
California State Fire Marshall
Early warning detection is best achieved by the installation of fire detection equipment in all rooms and areas of the
household as follows: A smoke alarm installed in each separate sleeping area (in the vicinity, but outside
bedrooms), and heat or smoke alarms in the living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, hallways, finished
attics, furnace rooms, closets, utility and storage rooms, basements, and attached garages.
INSTALLING SMOKE ALARMS IN SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommends one smoke alarm on every floor, in every sleeping
area, and in every bedroom. In new construction, the smoke alarms must be AC powered and interconnected.
See “Agency Placement Recommendations” for details. For additional coverage, it is recommended that you
install a smoke alarm in all rooms, halls, storage areas, finished attics, and basements, where temperatures
normally remain between 40˚F (4˚C) and 100˚F (38˚C).
Make sure no door or other obstruction could keep smoke from reaching the smoke alarms.
Interconnected AC powered units for the hearing impaired. Minimum coverage is one unit on every level of
the home, plus one unit inside each bedroom/sleeping areas and in the hallway between them. For additional
protection, additional units should be installed in family rooms, dens, or other rooms your family uses often.
Recommended smoke alarms for the hearing impaired in new or existing home construction
DINING ROOM
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
LIVING ROOM
HALL
KITCHEN
KEY:
REQUIRED TO MEET
NFPA RECOMMENDATIONS
BEDROOM
RECOMMENDED FOR
ADDITIONAL PROTECTION
KITCHEN
BEDROOM
FINISHED BASEMENT
LIVING ROOM
SINGLE-STORY RESIDENCE, APARTMENT, MOBILE HOME
MULTI-STORY RESIDENCE
More specifically, install smoke alarms:
• On every level of your home, including finished attics and basements.
• Inside every bedroom, especially if people sleep with the door partly or completely closed.
• In the hall near every sleeping area. If your home has multiple sleeping areas, install a unit in each.
If a hall is more than 40 feet long (12 meters), install a unit at each end.
• At the top of the first-to-second floor stairway, and at the bottom of the basement stairway.
IMPORTANT!
Specific requirements for smoke alarm installation vary from state to state and from region to region.
Check with your local Fire Department for current requirements in your area. If you install AC or AC/DC units,
it is recommended they be interconnected for added protection.
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WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE
For best performance, do not install the unit:
• Where combustion particles are produced. Combustion particles form when something burns. Areas
to avoid include poorly ventilated kitchens, garages, and furnace rooms. Keep units at least 20 feet
(6 meters) from the sources of combustion particles (stove, furnace, water heater, space heater) if
possible. Ventilate these areas as much as possible.
• In air streams near kitchens. Air currents can draw cooking smoke into the sensing chamber of a
smoke alarm near the kitchen.
• In very damp, humid or steamy areas, or directly near bathrooms with showers. Keep units at least
10 feet (3 meters) away from showers, saunas, dishwashers, etc.
• Where the temperatures are regularly below 40˚ F (4˚C) or above 100˚ F (38˚ C) including unheated
buildings, outdoor rooms, porches, or unfinished attics or basements.
• In very dusty, dirty, or greasy areas. Do not install a smoke alarm directly over the stove or range.
Clean a laundry room unit frequently to keep it free of dust or lint.
• Near fresh air vents, ceiling fans, or in very drafty areas. Drafts can blow smoke away from the unit,
preventing it from reaching the sensing chamber.
• In insect infested areas. Insects can clog openings to the sensing chamber and cause unwanted alarms.
• Less than 12 inches (305 mm) away from fluorescent lights. Electrical “noise” can interfere with the sensor.
• In “dead air” spaces (see “Avoiding Dead Air Spaces” below).
• Don’t panic; stay calm. Follow your family escape plan. Your safe escape may depend on thinking clearly
and remembering what you have practiced.
• Get out of the house as quickly as possible. Don’t stop to get dressed or collect anything.
• Feel doors with the back of your hand before opening them to see if they are hot. If a door is cool,
open it slowly. Don’t open a hot door—use an alternate escape route.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth (preferably wet). Take short, shallow breaths.
• Keep doors and windows closed, unless you need to escape through them.
• Meet at your planned meeting place outside your home, and do a head count to make sure everybody got
out safely.
• Call the Fire Department as soon as possible from outside. Give your address, then your name.
• Never go back inside a burning building for any reason.
Contact your Fire Department for ideas on making your home safer and on creating your own family escape plan.
AVOIDING DEAD AIR SPACES
WHERE NOT TO INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS
FOR STANDARD FLAT CEILINGS
FOR SLOPED CEILINGS
(i.e. great rooms, dormers, condominiums )
IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE INSTALLING SMOKE ALARM
Read “Where To Install Smoke Alarms” and “Where Not To Install Smoke Alarms” before beginning. This unit
monitors the air, and when smoke reaches its sensing chamber, it alarms. It can give you more time to escape
before fire spreads. This unit can ONLY give an early warning of developing fires if it is installed, maintained and
located where smoke can reach it, and where all residents can hear it, as described in this manual. This unit will not
sense gas, heat, or flame. It cannot prevent or extinguish fires.
FOR PEAKED CEILINGS
(i.e. Cathedral ceilings, A-frames)
Install first smoke alarm
in this target area
DANGER!
• ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off power to the area where you will install this unit at the
circuit breaker or fuse box before beginning installation. Failure to turn off the power before
installation may result in serious electrical shock, injury or death.
3 ft
0.9 m
Do not install smoke alarm
lower than 12" (305mm)
from the wall/ceiling line
Best Location (center of ceiling)
Acceptable Location
Dead Air Spaces (4" or 102 mm)
3 ft
0.9 m
If required, install additional
smoke alarms along the slope.
WARNING!
Install first smoke alarm
in this target area
If required, install additional
smoke alarms along the slope.
• Installation of this unit must conform to the electrical codes in your area; Article 760 of the
National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), NFPA 72, 101; SBC (SBCCI); UBC (ICBO); NBC (BOCA);
OTFDC (CABO), and any other local or building codes that may apply. Wiring and installation
must be performed by a licensed electrician. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in
injury or property damage.
• This unit must be powered by a 24-hour, 120VAC 60Hz circuit. Be sure the circuit cannot be
turned off by a switch, dimmer, or ground fault circuit interrupter. Failure to connect this unit
to a 24-hour circuit may prevent it from providing constant protection.
• It is possible an electrical fire could occur on the circuit powering this unit. If this happened,
the power to the unit could be cut off and it may fail to alarm. Some safety experts recommend wiring warning devices like this unit on separate circuits from other appliances, since
these circuits are not as likely to be overloaded. Other safety experts recommend wiring these
units on the same circuits as appliances so it is more readily apparent if the circuit fails.
Whichever circuit you choose, it is recommended you also install battery powered units as
back-ups in case of fire on the circuit powering the AC powered units.
• Never disconnect the power from an AC powered unit to stop an unwanted alarm. Doing so
will disable the unit and remove your protection. In the case of a true unwanted alarm open a
window or fan the smoke away from the unit. The alarm will reset automatically when it
returns to normal operation. Never remove the batteries from a battery operated unit to stop
an unwanted alarm (caused by cooking smoke, etc.). Instead open a window or fan the smoke
away from the unit. The alarm will reset automatically.
“Dead air” spaces may prevent smoke from reaching the smoke alarm. To avoid dead air spaces,
follow the installation recommendations below.
On ceilings, install smoke alarms as close to the center of the ceiling as possible. If this is not possible, install the
smoke alarm at least 4 inches (102 mm) from the wall or corner.
For wall mounting (if allowed by building codes), the top edge of smoke alarms should be placed between
4 inches (102 mm) and 12 inches (305 mm) from the wall/ceiling line, below typical “dead air” spaces.
On a peaked, gabled, or cathedral ceiling, install the first smoke alarm within 3 feet (0.9 meters) of the peak of the
ceiling, measured horizontally. Additional smoke alarms may be required depending on the length, angle, etc. of the
ceiling's slope. Refer to NFPA 72 for details on requirements for sloped or peaked ceilings.
PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY FROM FIRE
Putting up smoke alarms is one step in protecting your family from fires. You must also reduce the chance a fire will start
in your home, and have a plan for escaping safely if one does. To have a good fire safety program, you must:
Develop a family escape plan and practice it with everyone in your family, including small children. 1) Draw a floor plan of
your home and identify at least two exits from each room and one way to get out of each bedroom without opening the
door; 2) Decide on a meeting place a safe distance from home, and make sure everyone knows to wait there; 3) Know
where to go to call the Fire Department from outside the home; 4) Make sure everyone—including all children—know
what the alarm signal means and how to react to it. Teach them they must be prepared to leave the home by themselves
if needed; 5) Hold fire drills every 6 months and practice how to escape safely. Show children how to check if doors are
hot before opening them. Show them how to use an alternate exit if a door is hot and shouldn’t be opened. Teach them
to stay close to the floor and crawl if necessary.
Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, in every bedroom, and in every sleeping area.
Keep alarms clean, and test them weekly. Replace smoke alarms immediately if they are not working properly. Smoke
alarms that do not work cannot alert you to a fire.
Keep at least one working fire extinguisher on every floor, and an additional one in the kitchen. Have fire escape ladders
or other reliable means of escape from an upper floor in case stairs are blocked.
Follow safety rules, and prevent hazardous situations: 1) Use smoking materials properly. Never smoke in bed.
2) Keep matches or lighters away from children; 3) Store flammable materials in proper containers; 4) Keep electrical
appliances in good condition and don’t overload electrical circuits; 5) Keep stoves, barbecue grills, fireplaces and
chimneys grease- and debris-free; 6) Never leave anything cooking on the stove unattended; 7) Keep portable heaters and
open flames, like candles, away from flammable materials; 8) Don’t let rubbish accumulate.
CAUTION!
• Connect this unit ONLY to other compatible units. See “How To Install This Smoke Alarm” for
details. Do not connect it to any other type of alarm or auxiliary device. Connecting anything
else to this unit may damage it or prevent it from operating properly.
• Do not stand too close to the unit when the alarm is sounding. The horn is loud in order to
wake you in an emergency. Do not look directly at or touch the strobe light when it is flashing.
Exposure to the horn or strobe at close range may harm your ears or eyes. When testing the
unit, step back when the horn starts sounding.
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HOW TO INSTALL THIS SMOKE ALARM
Installing This Smoke Alarm:
The basic installation of this smoke alarm is the similar whether you want to install one smoke alarm, or interconnect
more than one smoke alarm. If you are interconnecting more than one smoke alarm, you MUST read “Special
Requirements For Interconnected Smoke Alarms” below before you begin installation.
This unit is designed to be mounted on any standard wiring junction box up to a 4-inch diagonal size, on either the
ceiling or wall (if allowed by local electrical codes). Read “Where to Install Smoke Alarms” and “Where Not To Install
Smoke Alarms” before you begin installation. Tools you will need: Standard/Flathead screwdriver.
1. Remove the mounting bracket from the base. Install the mounting bracket to the junction box.
Important Installation Parts
The Mounting Bracket
2. Set the foam gasket against the back of the smoke alarm.
The Foam Gasket
The Power Connector
3. Using wire nuts, connect the power connector to the household wiring.
STAND-ALONE (SINGLE) SMOKE ALARM ONLY:
• Connect the white wire on the power connector
to the neutral wire in the junction box.
The power connector plugs into a
power input block on the smoke
alarm.
The mounting bracket installs
onto the junction box. It has a
variety of screw slots to fit most
boxes. If a junction box is not
already in place, install one using
standard #12 or #14 gauge
copper wire. To remove the
mounting bracket from the
smoke alarm base, hold the
smoke alarm base firmly and
twist the mounting bracket
counterclockwise.
The foam gasket prevents air
currents from coming
through the junction box and
blowing smoke away from
the sensor. It must be
installed to comply with UL
standards. When installing
the foam gasket, line up the
cut-outs with the power
input block on the smoke
alarm.
• Connect the black wire on the power connector to the hot wire in the junction box.
• The black wire is “hot.”
• The white wire is neutral.
• The orange wire is for
interconnect.
If you need to remove the power
connector, insert a flat screwdriver
blade between the power connector
and the security tab inside the power
input block. Gently pry back the tab
and pull the connector free.
• Tuck the orange wire inside the junction
box.
It is used for interconnect only
INTERCONNECTED SMOKE ALARMS ONLY:
Strip off about 1/2” of the plastic coating on the
orange wire on the power connector.
• Connect the white wire on the power connector to the neutral wire in the junction box.
• Connect the black wire on the power connector to the hot wire in the junction box.
• Connect the orange wire on the power connector to the interconnect wire in the junction
box. Repeat for each unit you are interconnecting. Never connect the hot or neutral
wires in the junction box to the orange
interconnect wire.
4. Plug the power connector into the back of the unit. It will only fit one way. After the connector snaps into place,
tug on it gently to make sure it is secure. (If you need to remove the power connector, insert a flat screwdriver
blade between the power connector and the security tab inside the power input block. Gently pry the tab back
and pull the connector free.)
1
Mounting slot and screw (1 of 2)
5. Line up the alignment tab on the base with the alignment tab on the mounting bracket. Turn the unit clockwise
(right) until you hear the unit snap into place.
2
Junction box
6. Check all connections.
3
Mounting bracket
4
Alignment Arrow On Mounting
Bracket
5
Mounting slot and screw (1 of 2)
6
Wire strip gauge
7
Neutral (white) AC wire
8
Hot (black) AC wire
9
Interconnect wire
10
Foam gasket
11
Alignment Tab On Alarm
12
Turn to attach to bracket
STAND-ALONE SMOKE ALARM ONLY:
• If you are only installing one smoke alarm,
restore power to the junction box.
INTERCONNECTED SMOKE ALARMS ONLY:
•
If you are interconnecting multiple smoke
alarms, repeat steps 1-6 for each smoke alarm
in the series. When you are finished, restore
power to the junction box.
DANGER!
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Do not restore power until all smoke alarms are completely
installed. Restoring power before installation is complete may result in serious electrical shock,
injury or death.
7. Make sure the smoke alarm is receiving AC power. Under normal operation, the power indicator light will shine
continuously. If the power indicator light does not light, TURN OFF POWER TO THE JUNCTION BOX and
recheck all connections. If all connections are correct and the power indicator still does not light when you
restore the power, the unit should be replaced immediately.
8. Test the smoke alarm. Press and hold the test button on the cover until the alarm sounds (the unit may continue
to alarm for a few seconds after you release the button). During testing, you will hear a loud, repeating horn
pattern: 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause. In an interconnected series, you must test each smoke alarm
individually. The strobe light should flash every time you test the smoke alarm.
IMPORTANT!
If any smoke alarm does not alarm, TURN OFF POWER and recheck connections. If any smoke alarm still does not
alarm when you test it after restoring power, replace it immediately.
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REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Special Requirements For Interconnected Smoke Alarms
WARNING!
This unit has been designed to be as maintenance free as possible, but there are a few simple things you must do to
keep it working properly.
• Failure to meet any of the requirements for interconnecting smoke alarms could damage the
units, and cause them to malfunction, removing your protection.
• AC and AC/DC smoke alarms can be interconnected. Under AC power, all units will alarm
when one senses smoke. When power is interrupted, only the AC/DC units in the series will
continue to send and receive signals. AC powered smoke alarms will not operate.
• Test it at least once a week.
• Clean the smoke alarm at least once a month; gently vacuum off any dust using your household vacuum’s
soft brush attachment. Never use water, cleaners or solvents since they may damage the unit.
• Relocate the unit if it sounds frequent unwanted alarms. See “Where To Install Smoke Alarms.”
Interconnected units can provide earlier warning of fire than stand-alone units, especially if a fire starts in a remote area
of the home. If any unit in the series senses smoke, all units will alarm. This unit can be interconnected with First Alert®
smoke alarms SA4120B, SA4121B, SA4919B, SA86B, SA100B ; BRK Electronics® smoke alarms 100S, 2002RAC, 4120B, 4120SB,
4919, 5919, 5919TH, 86RAC; BRK Electronics® heat alarm HD6135F.
CAUTION!
If the strobe light lens is loose or broken, the entire unit should be replaced immediately. Never remove the
strobe light lens for any reason. Doing so can permanently damage the unit and will void your warranty.
IMPORTANT!
IF THIS SMOKE ALARM GOES INTO ALARM
Interconnect units within a single family residence only. Otherwise all households will experience unwanted
alarms when you test any unit in the series. Interconnected units will only work if they are wired to compatible
units and all requirements are met.
WARNING!
Interconnected units must meet ALL of the following requirements:
• A maximum of 18 units total may be interconnected (Maximum of 12 smoke alarms).
• The same fuse or circuit breaker must power all interconnected smoke alarms.
• The total length of wire interconnecting the units should be less than 1000 feet (304.8 meters). The
interconnect wire should be #18 gauge or larger, rated at least 300V. If an interconnect wire is not
already part of your household wiring, you will need to install one. This type of wire is commonly available at Hardware and Electrical Supply stores.
• All wiring must conform to all local electrical codes and Article 760 of the National Electrical Code
(NFPA 70). Refer to NFPA 72, Chapter 2 and/or your local building code for further connection requirements.
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• If the unit alarms and you are not testing the unit, it is warning you of a potentially dangerous
situation that requires your immediate attention. NEVER ignore any alarm. Ignoring the alarm
may result in injury or death. If the unit alarms and you are not absolutely certain of the source
of the smoke, get everyone out of the house immediately.
• Never disconnect the AC power to quiet an unwanted alarm. Disconnecting the power disables
the alarm so it cannot sense smoke. This will remove your protection. Instead open a window
or fan the smoke away from the unit. The alarm will reset automatically.
DANGER!
• ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD: Attempting to disconnect the power connector from the unit
when the power is on may result in electrical shock, serious injury or death.
IMPORTANT!
When an interconnected system of AC powered units is in alarm, the alarm indicator light on the unit(s) that
initiated the alarm will blink rapidly. It will remain OFF on the remaining units.
B.
To additional units;
Maximum = 18 total
(Maximum 12
smoke alarms)
Responding To An Alarm
During an alarm, you will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern: 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause.
1
Smoke alarm
3 Power connector
5 Junction box
7 Interconnect wire
2
Ceiling or wall
4 Wire nut
6 Neutral (white) AC
wire
8 Hot (black) AC wire
If the unit alarms and you are not absolutely certain of the source of the smoke, get everyone out of the house
immediately. Stay calm and follow your family escape plan. Stay as low to the ground as possible, and cover your
mouth with a damp cloth. Never open a door before testing to see if it is hot. Call the Fire Department from outside, and
give them your address then name. Read “What To Do In Case Of Fire” at the end of this manual for more information.
If the unit alarms and you are certain that the source of smoke is not a fire—cooking smoke or an extremely dusty
furnace—open a nearby window or door and fan the smoke away from the unit. This will silence the alarm, and once the
smoke clears the unit will reset itself automatically.
IF YOUR SMOKE ALARM IS NOT WORKING PROPERLY
WEEKLY TESTING
If this unit is not working properly, there are a few simple things you should check before returning or replacing the unit:
WARNING!
• Make sure it is clean as described in “Regular Maintenance.” A build-up of dirt, dust or grease can affect the
unit’s
performance.
• NEVER use an open flame of any kind to test this unit. You might accidentally damage or set fire to
the unit or to your home. The built-in test switch accurately tests the unit’s operation as required
by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL). If you choose to use an aerosol smoke product to test the
smoke alarm, be certain to use one that has been Listed to Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Safety
Standards, and use it only as directed. Use of non-UL Listed products or improper use of UL
Listed products may affect the smoke alarm’s sensitivity.
• Make sure the unit is installed in a proper location. If you experience frequent unwanted alarms, try relocating it.
See “Where to Install Smoke Alarms” for details.
•
• Make sure it is receiving AC power from the household current.
Do not look directly at or touch the lens while the strobe light is flashing. Doing so can hurt your eyes or
burn your fingers. If the strobe light does not flash during testing, the smoke alarm should be replaced.
CAUTION!
Always discharge the branch circuit before servicing an AC or AC/DC smoke alarm. First, turn off the AC
power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Next, remove the battery from smoke alarms with battery back-up.
Finally, press and hold the test button for 5-10 seconds to discharge the branch circuit.
It is important to test this unit every week to make sure it is working properly. Using the test button is the
recommended way to test this smoke alarm. Press and hold the test button on the cover until the alarm sounds (the
unit may continue to alarm for a few seconds after you release the button). If it does not alarm, make sure the unit is
receiving power and test it again. If it still does not alarm, replace it immediately. During testing, you will hear a loud,
repeating horn pattern: 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause. The strobe light should flash every time you test
the smoke alarm.
If the unit is still not operating properly, and it is still under warranty, send it, shipping prepaid, to BRK Brands, Inc., Attn.:
Customer Service, 3920 Enterprise Court, Aurora, IL 60504-8132. Enclose a note in the package describing what’s
wrong with the unit. See warranty information at the end of this manual.
IMPORTANT!
CAUTION!
When testing smoke alarms in an interconnected series, you must test each unit individually. Make sure all units alarm
when each one is tested. The strobe lights on all units should flash as each individual smoke alarm is tested.
Do not try to fix the unit yourself—this will void your warranty!
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10-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Coverage: BRK Brands, Inc. warrants its enclosed smoke alarm to be free from defects in materials and workmanship
under normal use for a period of ten years from the date of purchase. During the first year after the date of purchase,
BRK Brands, Inc. will replace any defective smoke alarm without charge. During the next nine years, BRK Brands, Inc.
will replace any defective smoke alarm at a charge to you not to exceed BRK Brands, Inc.’s cost. This is your exclusive
warranty.
This warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from the date of initial retail purchase and is not transferable. Keep
the original sales receipt. Proof of purchase is required to obtain warranty performance. Dealers, service centers, or
retail stores selling this product do not have the right to alter, modify or any way change the terms and conditions of this
warranty. In new construction, if your smoke alarms were installed by a contractor, this warranty is valid for the
homeowner at the time of installation from the date of original installation and is not transferable.
This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or damage resulting from any of the following: negligent use
or misuse of the product, use on improper voltage or current, or use contrary to the operating instructions, disassembly,
repair or alteration by anyone other than BRK Brands, Inc. Further, the warranty does not cover acts of God, such as
fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes.
BRK Brands, Inc. shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages caused by the breach of any express or
implied warranty. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for
a particular purpose is limited in duration for 10 years. Some states, provinces, or jurisdictions do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so
the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights that vary from state to state, or province to province.
Service: Units under warranty and in need of repair should be returned, shipping prepaid, to BRK Brands, Inc., Attn.:
Consumer Affairs, 3920 Enterprise Court, Aurora, IL 60504-8132.
BRK Electronics® is a registered trademark
of BRK Brands, Inc.
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