Operating instructions | BRK electronic 4120 series Smoke Alarm User Manual

WIRELESS OPERATION
First Alert® ONELINK® Technology is the easy, cost-effective way to provide
your family with whole-home safety. All ONELINK® Alarms communicate with
each other without wires or connectors. When one Alarm sounds, they all
sound. This provides your family with an earlier warning of potential danger,
and gives you more time to react.
The communication distance (range) between any two ONELINK® Alarms is
typically 50 feet (15 meters) inside of a home. Some features of a home, such
as the number of floors, number/size of rooms, furniture and types of building
materials used may reduce the range of the Alarms. Examples include:
suspended ceilings, ductwork, large metallic appliances (refrigerators) and
metal studs. A feature of ONELINK® Alarms is that they operate as a mesh
network. All Alarms will repeat any alarm signal that is received to all other
ONELINK® Alarms. Interference from structural conditions can be overcome
by adding additional Alarms to route the wireless signal around obstructions.
• The range and proper operation of any wireless device will vary
depending on its surroundings. It is very important that each
Alarm is tested individually before and after installation to make
sure that all Alarms respond properly.
• The ONELINK® Alarms are not to be used outdoors or to transmit
between buildings. The Alarms will not communicate properly
under these conditions.
• Metal objects and metallic wallpaper may interfere with signals
from wireless Alarms. Alarms should be tested after changes to
your home such as remodeling, moving furniture, and with metal
doors opened and closed.
RECOMMENDED LOCATIONS
FOR SMOKE ALARMS
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.
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.
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. It is recommended AC or AC/DC units be interconnected for added protection.
Your First Alert ONELINK Smoke Alarm will automatically communicate
potential fires with all other First Alert® ONELINK® Smoke Alarms.
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RESPONDING TO AN ALARM
During an alarm, you will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern:
3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause.
• 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.
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 any remaining units.
If the unit alarms, get everyone out of the dwelling immediately.
If the unit alarms and you are certain that the source of smoke is not a fire—
cooking smoke or an extremely dusty furnace, for example—open a nearby
window or door and fan the smoke away from the unit (Use the Silence
Feature to silence the Alarm). This will silence the alarm, and once the smoke
clears the unit will reset itself automatically.
AGENCY PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
NFPA 72 (National Fire Code) Chapter 11
“For your information, the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 72,
reads as follows:”
“11.5.1 One- and Two-Family Dwelling Units.”
“11.5.1.1 Smoke Detection. Where required by applicable laws, codes, or
standards for the specified occupancy, approved single- and multiple-station
Smoke Alarms shall be installed as follows: (1) In all sleeping rooms.
Exception: Smoke Alarms shall not be required in sleeping rooms in existing
one- and two-family dwelling units. (2) Outside of each separate sleeping
area, in immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms. (3) On each level of the
dwelling unit, including basements. Exception: In existing one- and two family
dwelling units, approved Smoke Alarms powered by batteries are permitted.”
“A.11.8.3 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.”
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE
•
Don’t panic; stay calm. Follow your family escape plan.
LOCATIONS TO AVOID FOR SMOKE ALARMS
•
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.
If a door is cool, open it slowly. Don’t open a hot door. Keep doors
and windows closed, unless you must escape through them.
For best performance, AVOID installing Smoke Alarms in these areas:
• 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. In areas where a 20-foot distance is not possible –
in modular, mobile, or smaller homes, for example – it is recommended
the Smoke Alarm be placed as far from these fuel-burning sources as
possible. The placement recommendations are intended to keep these
Alarms at a reasonable distance from a fuel-burning source, and thus
reduce “unwanted” alarms. Unwanted alarms can occur if a Smoke
Alarm is placed directly next to a fuel-burning source. 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 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. “Dead air” spaces may prevent smoke from
reaching the Smoke Alarm.
•
Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth (preferably damp).
Take short, shallow breaths.
•
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.
Alarms have various limitations. See "Limitations of Smoke Alarms" for
details.
USING THE SILENCE FEATURE
The Silence Feature can temporarily quiet an unwanted alarm for up to 15
minutes.
The Silence Feature does not disable the unit—it makes it temporarily
less sensitive to smoke. For your safety, if smoke around the unit is
dense enough to suggest a potentially dangerous situation, the unit will
stay in alarm or may re-alarm quickly. If you do not know the source of
the smoke, do not assume it is an unwanted alarm. Not responding to an
alarm can result in property loss, injury, or death.
To silence Smoke Alarms in an interconnected series:
1. To silence multiple alarms in an interconnected series, you must press the
Test/Silence button on the unit(s) that triggered the alarm.
AVOIDING DEAD AIR SPACES
2. Once you activate the Silence feature, the Red LED will continue to flash
rapidly.
“Dead air” spaces may prevent smoke from reaching the Smoke Alarm.
To avoid dead air spaces, follow the installation recommendations below.
3. Pressing the Test/Silence button when in silence will restart the silence
timer.
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.
The Silence Feature on these units can temporarily quiet an unwanted alarm
for up to 15 minutes. To use this feature, press the Test/Silence button on the
cover. If the unit will not silence and no heavy smoke is present, or if it
stays in silence mode continuously, it should be replaced immediately.
SILENCING THE LOW BATTERY WARNING
This silence feature can temporarily quiet the low battery warning “chirp” for
up to 8 hours. You can silence the low battery warning “chirp” by pressing
the Test/Silence button on the alarm cover.
Once the low battery warning “chirp” silence feature is activated, the unit
continues to flash the Green light twice a minute for 8 hours. After 8 hours,
the low battery “chirp” will resume. Replace the batteries as soon as
possible; this unit will not operate without battery power!
To deactivate this feature: Press the Test/Silence button again. The unit will
go into Test Mode and the low battery warning will resume (LED flashes and
unit sounds “chirp” once a minute).
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.
Smoke Alarms may not operate properly because of dead, missing or weak
batteries, a build-up of dirt, dust or grease on the Smoke Alarm cover, or
installation in an improper location. Clean the Smoke Alarm as described in
“Regular Maintenance,” and install a fresh battery, then test the Smoke Alarm
again. If it fails to test properly when you use the test button, or if the problem
persists, replace the Smoke Alarm immediately.
• If you hear a “chirp” approximately once a minute, replace the
batteries.
• If you experience frequent non-emergency alarms (like those caused
by cooking smoke), try relocating the Smoke Alarm.
• If the alarm sounds when no smoke is visible, try cleaning or
relocating the Smoke Alarm. The cover may be dirty.
• If the alarm does not sound during testing, make sure it is receiving
AC power from the household current.
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.
Do not try fixing the alarm yourself – this will void your warranty!
If the Smoke Alarm is still not operating properly, and it is still under warranty,
please see “How to Obtain Warranty Service” in the Limited Warranty.
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. AC, AC/DC, or DC powered Smoke Alarms can
be used in existing construction as specified by local building codes. Refer to
NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm Code) and 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.
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 the Alarms. They are not foolproof.
Smoke alarms may not waken all individuals. Practice the escape plan at
least twice a year, making sure that everyone is involved – from kids to grandparents. Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before
holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. If children or others do not
readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm, or if there are infants or family
members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to
assist them in fire drill and in the event of an emergency. It is recommended
that you hold a fire drill while family members are sleeping in order to determine their response to the sound of the smoke alarm while sleeping and to
determine whether they may need assistance in the event of an emergency.
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 the
Alarms. 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
dwelling. 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 dwelling. 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 “About Smoke Alarms”) or
professional 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 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.
BRK 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 to the duration of the
above warranty. 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 exclusion
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.
The Mounting Bracket:
To remove the mounting bracket from the Smoke
Alarm base, hold the Smoke Alarm base firmly
and twist the mounting bracket counterclockwise.
The mounting bracket installs onto the junction box.
It has a variety of screw slots to fit most boxes.
The Power Connector:
The power connector plugs into a power input block on
the Smoke Alarm. It supplies the unit with AC power.
• The black wire is “hot.”
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1
Mounting Bracket
2
Mounting Slots
3
Locking Pins (break out of bracket)
4
Hot (Black) AC Wire
5
5
Neutral (White) AC Wire
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6
Interconnect (Orange) Wire
7
Quick-Connect Power Connector
8
Turn this way to remove from bracket
9
Turn this way to attach to bracket
10
• The white wire is neutral.
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UL 217
STANDARD
Model
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All First Alert® and BRK® Smoke Alarms conform to regulatory
requirements, including UL217 and are designed to detect particles of
combustion. Smoke particles of varying number and size are produced
in all fires.
Ionization technology is generally more sensitive than photoelectric
technology at detecting small particles, which tend to be produced
in greater amounts by 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 technology is generally more sensitive than ionization
technology at detecting large particles, which tend to be produced in
greater amounts by smoldering fires, which may 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 and in every bedroom of your home.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS
If you need to remove the power connector, turn
POWER OFF first. 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.
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QUICK INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
1. Insert the batteries into the battery
drawer of the first Alarm and close
the drawer.
2. The Alarm will sound with a chirp.
3. If you purchased the Talking Smoke
and Carbon Monoxide Alarm, you
will now be prompted to set the
Alarm's location. Follow the direction given by the Alarm.
NOTE: Steps 4 through 6 need to be completed within two minutes.
If more than two minutes pass, the Green power LED will stop
blinking. Simply open the battery drawer of the second Alarm
and repeat steps 4 through 6.
4. Insert the batteries into the battery drawer of the next Alarm. DO NOT
CLOSE THE DRAWER.
5. Press and hold the test button and then close the battery drawer.
6. Once you hear the unit chirp, release the test button. The Green power
LED will start to blink indicating the ONELINK® Alarm is waiting for
program data from one of the other setup ONELINK® Alarms.
7. Press and hold the test button on the first Alarm, until the second
Alarm chirps and its Green power LED stops blinking. Then release
the test button.
8. If you purchased the Talking Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm, you
will now be prompted to set the Alarm's location. Follow the directions
given by the Alarm.
9. If you have purchased the hardwired battery back-up ONELINK® Alarm,
you can now connect the hardwired Alarm by installing the three-wire
connector on the ceiling to the Alarm.
10. Repeat steps 4-9 for additional ONELINK® Alarms.
You have now successfully linked your new ONELINK® Alarms.
To add additional Alarms at a later time, follow steps 4 through 9.
FOLLOW THESE INSTALLATION STEPS
BEFORE YOU INSTALL THIS SMOKE ALARM
IMPORTANT! Read “Recommended Locations for Smoke Alarms” and
“Locations to Avoid for 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.
Understand The Different Type of Smoke Alarms
Battery powered or electrical? Different Smoke Alarms provide different
types of protection. See “About Smoke Alarms” for details.
Know Where To Install Your Smoke Alarms
Fire Safety Professionals recommend at least one Smoke Alarm on
every level of your home, in every bedroom, and in every bedroom
hallway or separate sleeping area. See “Recommended Locations For
Smoke Alarms” and “Locations To Avoid For Smoke Alarms” for details.
Know What Smoke Alarms Can and Can’t Do
A Smoke Alarm can help alert you to fire, giving you precious time to
escape. It can only sound an alarm once smoke reaches the sensor.
See “Limitations of Smoke Alarms” for details.
Check Your Local Building Codes
This Smoke Alarm is designed to be used in a typical single-family home.
It alone will not meet requirements for boarding houses, apartment
buildings, hotels or motels. See “Special Compliance Considerations”
for details.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area where
the Smoke Alarm is installed before removing it from the mounting
bracket. Failure to turn off the power first may result in serious
electrical shock, injury or death.
• This unit will not alert hearing impaired residents. It is
recommended that you install special units which use devices
like flashing strobe lights to alert hearing impaired residents.
• Installation of this unit must conform to the electrical codes in
your area; Articles 210 and 300.3 (B) of NFPA 70 (NEC), NFPA 72,
NFPA 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 pure sine wave
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.
• This Smoke Alarm must have AC or battery power to operate.
If the AC power fails, battery back-up will allow the alarm to
sound for at least 4 minutes. If AC power fails and the battery is
weak, protection should last for at least 7 days. If AC power fails
and the battery is dead or missing, the alarm cannot operate.
• 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.
• 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.
• This Smoke Alarm has a battery drawer which resists closing
unless a battery is installed. This warns you the unit will not
operate under DC power without a battery.
• Do not stand too close to the unit when the alarm is sounding.
It is loud to wake you in an emergency. Exposure to the horn at
close range may harm your hearing.
• Do not paint over the unit. Paint may clog the openings to the
sensing chambers and prevent the unit from operating properly.
The basic installation of this Smoke Alarm is 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.
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.
1. Remove the mounting bracket from
the base, and attach it to the junction
box.
2. Using wire nuts, connect the power
connector to the household wiring.
STAND-ALONE ALARM ONLY:
• 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.
• Tuck the orange wire inside the junction box. It is used for interconnect
only.
INTERCONNECTED UNITS ONLY:
Strip off about 1/2” (12 mm) 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. Never cross hot and neutral wires between Alarms.
3. Plug the power connector into the back of the Smoke Alarm.
4. Position the base of the Smoke Alarm over the mounting bracket and
turn. The Alarm can be positioned over the bracket every 90°. Turn the
Smoke Alarm clockwise (right) until the unit is in place.
5. Check all connections.
Improper wiring of the power connector or the wiring leading to the
power connector will cause damage to the Alarm and may lead to a
non-functioning Alarm.
Continued above...
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with respect to battery.
DC Power
Constant Green LED
Green LED Off
No Audible Alarm
Test Condition
Constant Green LED
Rapidly Flashing
Red LED
Audible Alarm
Green LED Off
Rapidly Flashing
Red LED
Audible Alarm
Alarm Condition*
(Initiating Unit)
Constant Green LED
Rapidly Flashing
Red LED
Audible Alarm
Green LED Off
Silence Mode
Rapidly Flashing
Red LED
Rapidly Flashing
Red LED
Low Battery
Alarm “chirp’’ approx.
once/minute
Alarm “chirp’’ approx.
once/minute
Malfunction
3 rapid “chirps” every
minute; LED flashes
approx. once a minute
3 rapid “chirps” every
minute; LED flashes
approx. once a minute
Rapidly Flashing
Red LED
Audible Alarm
NOTE: When power is applied, unit(s) may alarm momentarily.
*When any Smoke Alarm in an interconnected series triggers an alarm, its
red LED will flash rapidly. The red LEDs will remain OFF on any remaining
alarms in the series. This feature helps responders identify which unit(s)
triggered the alarm.
INSTALLATION STEPS, Continued
STAND-ALONE ALARM ONLY:
• If you are only installing one Smoke Alarm, restore power to the
junction box.
INTERCONNECTED UNITS ONLY:
• If you are interconnecting multiple Smoke Alarms, repeat steps
1-5 for each Smoke Alarm in the series. When you are finished,
restore power to the junction box.
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.
6. Make sure the Smoke Alarm is receiving AC power. Under normal
operation, the Green power indicator light will shine continuously.
7. If the Green power indicator light does not light, TURN OFF POWER
TO THE JUNCTION BOX and recheck all connections. If all connections
are correct and the Green power indicator still does not light when you
restore the power, the unit should be replaced immediately.
8. Test each Smoke Alarm. Press and hold the Test/Silence button until the
unit alarms. When testing a series of interconnected units you must
test each unit individually. Make sure all units alarm when each one
is tested.
If any unit in the series does not alarm, TURN OFF POWER and recheck
connections. If it does not alarm when you restore power, replace it
immediately.
WEEKLY TESTING
•
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 the Alarm ever fails to test properly, replace it immediately.
Products under warranty may be returned to the manufacturer
for replacement. See “Limited Warranty” at the end of this manual.
DO NOT stand close to the Alarm when the horn is sounding. Exposure
at close range may be harmful to your hearing. When testing, step away
when horn starts sounding.
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 of the unit 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.
When testing a series of interconnected units you must test each unit
individually. Make sure all units alarm when each one is tested.
Special Requirements For Interconnected Smoke Alarms
REGULAR MAINTENANCE
• Failure to meet any of the above requirements 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.
Interconnected units can provide earlier warning of fire than stand-alone
units, especially if a fire starts in a remote area of the dwelling. If any unit
in the series senses smoke, all units will alarm. To determine which Smoke
Alarm initiated an alarm, see table:
Use only the replacement batteries listed below. The unit may not
operate properly with other batteries. Never use rechargeable batteries
since they may not provide a constant charge.
On Initiating Alarms
Red LED flashes rapidly
On All Other Alarms
Red LED is Off
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. This unit is designed to be compatible with:
First Alert® Smoke Alarm Models SA4120, SA4121B, SA100B, 9120 series
and BRK Electronics® Smoke Alarm Models 100S, 4120 series, 9120 series,
7010 series; BRK Electronics® Heat Alarm Models HD6135F, HD6135FB;
Smoke/CO Alarm Models SC6120B, SC9120B; CO Alarm Model CO5120B;
Relay Modules RM3 and RM4.
Interconnected units must meet ALL of the following requirements:
• A maximum of 18 compatible units may be interconnected
(Maximum of 12 Smoke Alarms).
• The same fuse or circuit breaker must power all interconnected units.
• The total length of wire interconnecting the units should be less than
1000 feet (300 meters). This type of wire is commonly available at
Hardware and Electrical Supply stores.
• All wiring must conform to all local electrical codes and NFPA 70 (NEC).
Refer to NFPA 72, NFPA 101, and/or your local building code for
further connection requirements.
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A. Unswitched 120VAC
60 Hz source
1. Smoke Alarm
2. Ceiling or Wall
3. Power Connector
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:
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Test it at least once a week.
Clean the Smoke Alarm at least once a month; gently vacuum the
outside of the Smoke Alarm using your household vacuum’s soft brush
attachment. Test the Smoke Alarm. Never use water, cleaners or solvents
since they may damage the unit.
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If the Smoke Alarm becomes contaminated by excessive dirt, dust and/or
grime, and cannot be cleaned to avoid unwanted alarms, replace the unit
immediately.
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Relocate the unit if it sounds frequent unwanted alarms. See “Locations
To Avoid For Smoke Alarms” for details.
When the battery back-up becomes weak, the Smoke Alarm will “chirp”
about once a minute (the low battery warning). This warning should last
7 days, but you should replace the batteries immediately to continue your
protection.
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Choosing a replacement battery:
Your Smoke Alarm requires 2 “AA” Energizer E91 batteries. These batteries
are available at many local retail stores.
Actual battery service life depends on the smoke alarm and the environment
in which it is installed. All the batteries specified above are acceptable
replacement batteries for this unit. Regardless of the manufacturer’s suggested
battery life, you MUST replace the battery immediately once the unit starts
“chirping” (the “low battery warning”).
To replace the batteries (without removing Alarm from the ceiling
or wall):
1. Open the battery compartment.
2. Press tabs A and B as shown in the
diagram and remove each battery.
3. Insert the new batteries, making sure
they snap completely into the battery
compartment. Match the terminals on
the ends of the batteries with the
AB
terminals on the unit.
4. Close the battery compartment, and then
test the unit by pressing the Test/Silence
button.
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B. To additional units; Maximum = 18 total
(Maximum 12 Smoke Alarms)
4. Wire Nut
5. Junction Box
6. Neutral Wire (Wht)
7. Interconnect Wire
(Orange)
8. Hot Wire (Blk)
OPTIONAL LOCKING FEATURES
The locking features are designed to discourage unauthorized removal of the battery or Alarm. It is not necessary to activate the locks in single-family
households where unauthorized battery or Alarm removal is not a concern.
These Smoke Alarms have two separate locking features: one to lock the battery compartment, and the other to lock the Smoke Alarm
to the mounting bracket. You can choose to use either feature independently, or use them both.
Tools you will need: • Needle-nose pliers • Standard Flathead screwdriver.
Both locking features use locking pins, which are molded into the mounting bracket. Using needle-nose pliers, remove one or both pins
from the mounting bracket, depending on how many locking features you want to use.
Locking Features, Continued
TO LOCK THE MOUNTING BRACKET
1. Using needle-nose pliers, detach one locking pin from mounting bracket.
To permanently remove either lock, insert a flathead screwdriver between the locking pin and the lock, and pry the pin out of the lock.
TO LOCK THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT
Do not lock the battery compartment until you have installed the
battery and tested the battery back-up.
1. Push and hold Test/Silence button until the alarm sounds:
3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause.
If the unit does not alarm during testing, DO NOT lock the battery
compartment! Install a new battery and test again. If the Smoke
Alarm still does not alarm, replace it immediately.
2. Using needle-nose pliers, detach one locking pin from the mounting
bracket.
3. Push the locking pin through the hole near the battery drawer on the
back of the Smoke Alarm.
TO UNLOCK THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT
Once the Smoke Alarm is installed, you must disconnect it from the AC power
before unlocking the battery compartment.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area where the
Smoke Alarm is installed before removing it from the mounting bracket.
Failure to turn off the power first may result in serious electrical shock,
injury or death.
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2. Insert the locking pin into the lock located
opposite from the battery drawer as shown
in the diagram.
3. When you attach the Smoke Alarm to the mounting bracket, the locking
pin’s head will fit into a notch on the bracket.
TO UNLOCK THE MOUNTING BRACKET
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/Silence button for 5-10 seconds to discharge the
branch circuit.
1. Remove the Smoke Alarm from the mounting
bracket. If the unit is locked to the bracket, see
the section “To Unlock the Mounting Bracket.”
2. Disconnect the power connector by gently prying
it away from the back of the Smoke Alarm.
3. Insert a flathead screwdriver under the head
of the locking pin, and gently pry it out of the
battery compartment lock. (If you plan to relock
the battery compartment, save the locking pin.)
4. To relock the battery compartment, close the
battery door and reinsert locking pin in lock.
5. Reconnect the power connector to the back of the Smoke Alarm, reattach
the Smoke Alarm to the mounting bracket, and restore the power.
When replacing the battery, always test the Smoke Alarm before relocking the
battery compartment.
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AC Power
All Models
No Audible Alarm
10 Slide-Out Battery Drawer
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Easily expand an existing interconnected 120V AC hardwired system by
simply replacing one Alarm in the series with the First Alert® ONELINK®
Model SA520. Then add additional battery-operated Alarms to expand the
system with no additional electrical work.
First Alert® is a registered trademark of the First Alert Trust.
ONELINK® is a registered trademark of BRK Brands, Inc.
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How to Obtain Warranty Service
Service: If service is required, do not return the product to your retailer.
In order to obtain warranty service, contact the Consumer Affairs Division at
1-800-323-9005, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through
Friday. To assist us in serving you, please have the model number and date
of purchase available when calling.
For Warranty Service return to:
BRK Brands, Inc., 25 Spur Drive, El Paso, TX 79906
Printed in Mexico M08-0149-003 Q 08/08
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Normal Operation
The Parts of This Unit
• The orange wire is used for interconnect.
LISTED TO
Keep alarms clean, and test them weekly. Replace 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.
Smoke Alarms have a limited life. The unit should be replaced immediately
if it is not operating properly. You should always replace a Smoke Alarm after
10 years from date of purchase. Write the purchase date on the space provided
on back of unit.
BRK Brands, Inc., ("BRK") the maker of First Alert® brand and products,
warrants that for a period of ten years from the date of purchase, this
product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. BRK, at its
option, will repair or replace this product or any component of the product
found to be defective during the warranty period. Replacement will be made
with a new or remanufactured product or component. If the product is no
longer available, replacement may be made with a similar product of equal
or greater value. 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. BRK dealers,
service centers, or retail stores selling BRK products do not have the right to
alter, modify or any way change the terms and conditions of this warranty.
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, use contrary to the operating instructions,
disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone other than BRK or an authorized
service center. Further, the warranty does not cover Acts of God, such as
fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes or any batteries that are included with
this unit.
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.
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.
LIMITATIONS OF SMOKE ALARMS
Make sure the Alarm is not receiving excessively noisy power. Examples of noisy power could be major appliances on the same
circuit, power from a generator or solar power, light dimmer on the same circuit or mounted near fluorescent lighting. Excessively noisy power may
cause damage to your Alarm.
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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 debrisfree; 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.
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.
LIMITED WARRANTY
Input: 120V AC ~,
60Hz, 0.09A
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.
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.
UNDERSTANDING THE INDICATOR LIGHTS
AND ALARM HORN PATTERNS
This Smoke Alarm is designed to be mounted on any standard wiring junction box up to a 4-inch (10 cm) size, on either the ceiling or wall (if allowed by local codes).
Read “Recommended Locations For Smoke Alarms” and “Locations to Avoid For Smoke Alarms” before you begin installation.
Tools you will need: • Needle-nose pliers • Standard Flathead screwdriver • Phillips screwdriver.
THE PARTS OF THIS SMOKE ALARM
Smoke alarms are not to be used with detector guards unless the
combination has been evaluated and found suitable for that purpose.
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.
IF YOU SUSPECT A PROBLEM
WIRELESS ONELINK® AC POWERED
SMOKE ALARM WITH BATTERY BACK-UP
Smoke Alarms for Solar or Wind Energy users and battery backup power
systems: AC powered Smoke Alarms should only be operated with true or
pure sine wave inverters. Operating this Smoke Alarm with most batterypowered UPS (uninterruptible power supply) products or square wave or
“quasi sine wave” inverters will damage the Alarm. If you are not sure about
your inverter or UPS type, please consult with the manufacturer to verify.
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.
HOW TO INSTALL THIS SMOKE ALARM
USER’S MANUAL
ONELINK® Smoke Alarms with battery (DC) back-up: Interconnects with
all ONELINK® enabled Smoke and Smoke/CO Alarms without wires or connectors, so when one alarm sounds, they all sound. Will operate if electricity
fails, provided the batteries are fresh and correctly installed. Units are easy to
install, and do not require professional installation.
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, longterm 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.
IF THIS SMOKE ALARM SOUNDS
• If the unit alarms get everyone out of the house immediately.
AC powered Smoke Alarms: Can be interconnected so if one unit senses
smoke, all units alarm. They do not operate if electricity fails.
AC with battery (DC) back-up: will operate if electricity fails, provided the
batteries are fresh and correctly installed. AC and AC/DC units must be
installed by a qualified electrician.
SPECIAL COMPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by BRK Brands, Inc.
could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
• 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.
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.
All these Smoke Alarms 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
the Alarm. If you are unsure which type of unit to install, refer to NFPA (National
Fire Protection Association) 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.
FCC NOTICE: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
FCC ID: M7U5201L
• 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.
ABOUT SMOKE ALARMS
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ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area where the
Smoke Alarm is installed before removing it from the mounting bracket.
Failure to turn off the power first may result in serious electrical shock,
injury or death.
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/Silence button for 5-10 seconds to
discharge the branch circuit.
1. Insert a flathead screwdriver between the
mounting bracket pin and the mounting bracket.
2. Pry the Smoke Alarm away from the bracket by
turning both the screwdriver and the Smoke
Alarm counterclockwise (left) at the same time.
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