User`s manual | BRK electronic 4120 Smoke Alarm User Manual

USER’S MANUAL
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Smoke & Carbon
Monoxide Alarm
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AC Powered Smoke &
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
with Battery Back-up,
Silence Feature and
Latching Alarm
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Model SC9120B
Input: 120V AC
Connect this unit ONLY to other compatible units. See “How
To Install This Smoke/CO 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.
The battery compartment 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.
~ , 60 Hz, 0.09A
INSTALLATION
WHERE TO INSTALL THIS ALARM
Minimum coverage for Smoke Alarms, as recommended by the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is one Smoke Alarm on
every floor, in every sleeping area, and in every bedroom (See
“Regulatory Information For Smoke Alarms” for details on the NFPA recommendations).
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND SAVE
This user’s manual contains important information about your Alarm’s
operation. If you are installing the Alarm for use by others, you must leave
this manual — or a copy of it — with the end user.
Printed in Mexico
M08-0094-000 K1 09/04
Model SC9120B
INTRODUCTION
For CO Alarms, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that a CO Alarm should be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms. For added
protection, install additional CO Alarms in each separate bedroom, and
on every level of your home.
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All BRK® and First Alert® 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
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.
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.
• This combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm has two
separate alarms. The CO Alarm is not designed to detect fire
or any other gas. It will only indicate the presence of carbon
monoxide gas at the sensor. Carbon monoxide gas may be
present in other areas. The Smoke Alarm will only indicate the
presence of smoke that reaches the sensor. The Smoke Alarm
is not designed to sense gas, heat or flames.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area
where the Smoke/CO 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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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; Article 760 of NFPA 70 (NEC), NFPA 72, NFPA
101; ICC; 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, 120V AC pure sine
wave 60 Hz 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. Unit may be connected to an arc
fault circuit interrupter.
This Smoke/CO Alarm must have AC or battery power to
operate. 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, use the Silence Feature (if equipped), 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.
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Inside every bedroom, especially if people sleep with the door partly
or completely closed.
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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
(12 meters) long, install a unit at each end.
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At the top of first-to-second floor stairs.
• 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.
Find the pair of self-adhesive labels included with this Smoke/CO Alarm.
• On each label write in the phone number of your emergency
responder (like 911) and a qualified appliance technician.
• Place one label near the Smoke/CO Alarm, and the other label in
the “fresh air” location you plan to go if the alarm sounds.
NOTE: A qualified appliance technician is defined as “a person, firm,
corporation, or company that either in person or through a representative, is engaged in and responsible for the installation, testing, servicing,
or replacement of heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) equipment,
combustion appliances and equipment, and/or gas fireplaces or other
decorative combustion equipment.”
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At the bottom of the basement stairs.
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For additional coverage, install Alarms in all rooms, halls, and storage areas, where temperatures normally remain between 40˚ F and
100˚ F (4˚ C and 38˚ C).
PARTS OF THIS SMOKE/CO ALARM
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7
Mounting Bracket
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Mounting Slot and Screw*
3
Locking Pins (break out of
bracket)
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Hot (Black) AC Wire
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Neutral (White) AC Wire
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Interconnect Wire (Orange)
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Lever to Open Battery
Compartment
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Swing-Out Battery
Compartment
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Recommended Placement
Quick-Connect Power
*Not Included
HOW TO INSTALL THIS SMOKE/CO ALARM
Tools you will need: Standard Flathead screwdriver.
SUGGESTED AREAS FOR INSTALLING
SMOKE ALARMS, CO ALARMS, AND COMBO UNITS
KEY:
SMOKE ALARMS
SMOKE ALARM WITH
SILENCE FEATURE
CO ALARMS
BOTH, OR COMBINATION
SMOKE/CO ALARMS
Suggested locations are based on
NFPA recommendations (NFPA 72
for Smoke Alarms and NFPA 720 for
Carbon Monoxide Alarms). Always
refer to national and local codes
before beginning any installation.
In new construction AC and AC/DC smoke alarms MUST
be interconnected to meet NFPA recommendations.
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When installing on the wall, the top edge of Smoke Alarms should
be placed between 4 inches (102 mm) and 12 inches (305 mm) from
the wall/ceiling line.
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When installing on the ceiling, place the alarm as close to the
center as possible.
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In either case, install at least 4 inches (102 mm) from where the wall
and ceiling meet. See “Avoiding Dead Air Spaces” for more information.
NOTE: For any location, make sure no door or other obstruction could
keep carbon monoxide or smoke from reaching the Alarm.
Installing Smoke/CO Alarms in Mobile Homes
For minimum security install one Smoke/CO 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.
WHERE THIS ALARM SHOULD NOT BE INSTALLED
Do NOT locate this Smoke/CO Alarm:
• In garages, kitchens, furnace rooms, crawl spaces and unfinished
attics. Avoid extremely dusty, dirty or greasy areas.
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BASIC SAFETY INFORMATION
• Dangers, Warnings, and Cautions alert you to important
operating instructions or to potentially hazardous situations.
Pay special attention to these items.
• This Smoke/CO Alarm is approved for use in single-family
residences. It is NOT designed for marine or RV use.
This unit 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. Read
“Where to Install This Alarm” and “Where This Alarm Should Not Be
Installed ” before you begin installation. If a junction box is not already
in place, install one using standard #12 or #14 gauge copper wire.
In general, install combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide
Alarms:
• On every level of your home, including finished attics and basements.
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Thank you for choosing BRK Brands, Inc. for your Smoke and Carbon
Monoxide Alarm needs. You have purchased a state-of-the-art Smoke &
CO Alarm designed to provide you with early warning of a fire or Carbon
Monoxide. Key features include:
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Combination Alarm. One alarm protects
against two deadly household threats.
Intelligent Sensing Technology designed to help reduce unwanted or
nuisance alarms.
Smart Interconnect can be interconnected to BRK Smoke Alarms. One
interconnect wire carries both smoke and CO alarm signals.
Single Button Test/Silence eliminates confusion. Depending on what
mode the alarm is in, pushing the button provides different functions
such as testing the alarm, silencing the alarm, re-testing the alarm when
in silence and clearing the Latching feature.
Latching Alarm Indicator easily identifies initiating alarm even after the
alarm condition has subsided.
Perfect Mount System includes a gasketless base for easy installation
and a new mounting bracket that keeps the alarm secure over a wide
rotation range to allow for perfect alignment.
Dust Cover is included to keep the alarm clean during construction.
Easy Installation/Maintenance features include a large opening in
the mounting bracket for easy access to wiring. A battery pull tab that
keeps the battery fresh until the home is occupied. A Side Load Battery
Drawer allows for easy battery replacement without removing the alarm
from the ceiling or wall.
Improved UV Resistance keeps the alarm from discoloring over time.
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
(6 meter) distance is not possible – in modular, mobile, or smaller
homes, for example – it is recommended the Smoke/CO 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/CO
Alarm is placed directly next to a fuel-burning source. Ventilate these
areas as much as possible.
HOW YOUR SMOKE/CO ALARM WORKS
INSTALLATION, Continued
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.
To install this unit:
1. Remove the mounting bracket from the base. Position the screw
slots on the mounting bracket over the screws in the junction box.
Tighten the screws.
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.
2. Using wire nuts, connect the power connector to the AC power.
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 ALARMS ONLY:
Strip off about 1/2” of the plastic coating on the orange
interconnect wire on the power connector.
• Connect the white wire on the power connector to the neutral
wire (usually white) in the junction box.
• Connect the black wire on the power connector to the hot wire
(usually black) 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 interconnected Alarms.
3. Plug the power connector into the back of the Smoke/CO Alarm.
4. Position the base of the Smoke/CO Alarm over the mounting bracket
and turn. The Alarm will remain secure over a wide rotation range to
allow for perfect alignment. When wall mounting, this will allow finetuning on the positioning to compensate for out of aligned wall studs
and to keep the wording level. The Alarm can be positioned over the
bracket every 120°. Rotate the Alarm until aligned properly.
5. Check all connections.
STAND ALONE ALARM ONLY:
• If you are only installing one unit, restore power to the junction box.
INTERCONNECTED ALARMS ONLY:
• If you are interconnecting multiple Smoke/CO Alarms, repeat
Step 1-5 for each Smoke/CO Alarm in the series. When you are
finished, restore power to the junction box.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Do not restore power until all
Alarms are completely installed. Restoring power before installation
is complete may result in serious electrical shock, injury or death.
Activate the battery back-up by removing the “Pull to Activate
Battery Back-Up” tab. You do not need to open the battery
compartment and reposition the battery during installation. DO NOT
remove the battery activation tab until AC power is turned on to
conserve battery power.
8. Single Station Alarms: Test each Alarm. Press and hold the
Test/Silence button until you hear the acknowledge “chirp” or the
unit alarms.
Interconnected Alarms: Press and hold the Test/Silence button
until the unit alarms. All interconnected Alarms should sound. The
other Alarms sounding only tests the interconnect signal between
Alarms. It does not test each Alarm’s operation. You must test each
Alarm individually to check if the Alarm is functioning properly.
If any unit in the series does not alarm during testing, TURN OFF POWER,
REMOVE BATTERIES, and recheck connections. If it does not alarm when
you restore power, replace it immediately.
• 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/CO Alarms can be interconnected.
Under AC power, all units will alarm when one senses smoke
or CO. When power is interrupted, only the AC/DC units in
the series will continue to send and receive signals. AC
powered Smoke/CO Alarms will not operate. See “Smart
Interconnect” Feature.
Interconnected units can provide earlier warning of a Smoke/CO problem than stand-alone units, especially if the problem starts in a remote
area of the dwelling. If any unit in the series senses Smoke/CO, all units
will alarm. To determine which Smoke/CO Alarm initiated an alarm, refer
to the table.
During an Alarm:
On Initiating Alarm(s) – Red LED(s) flashes (flash) rapidly
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: BRK Electronics® Smoke Alarm Models 9120, 9120B, SC9120B,
7010, 7010B, 4120, 4120B, 4120SB, 4919, 2002RAC, 100S, 5919,
5919TH; BRK Electronics® Heat Alarm Models HD6135F, HD6135FB;
BRK Electronics® CO Alarm Models CO5120BN, CO5120PDBN;
Smoke/CO Alarm Model SC6120B; and First Alert® Smoke Alarm Models
SA4120, SA4120B, SA4121B, SA4919B, SA100B.
Interconnected units must meet ALL of the following requirements:
• A maximum of 18 compatible BRK Electronics® Smoke, Heat or CO
Alarms may be interconnected. No more than 12 of the 18 can be
Smoke Alarms per NFPA 72.
• 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). The interconnect wire should be Type 18
gauge AWM 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. Refer to NFPA, Chapter 2 and/or
your local building code for further connection requirements.
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On a peaked, gabled, or cathedral ceiling, install the first Smoke/CO
Alarm within 3 feet (0.9 meters) of the peak of the ceiling, measured horizontally. Additional Smoke/CO 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.
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B. To Additional Alarms,
Maximum = 18 Alarms
4. Wire Nut
5. Junction Box
6. Neutral Wire (White)
7. Interconnect Wire
(Orange)
8. Hot Wire (Black)
USING THE OPTIONAL LOCKING FEATURES
Horn pattern:
(Smoke) 3
beeps, pause,
3 beeps,
pause; (CO) 4
beeps, pause, 4
beeps, pause
LOW OR MISSING
BATTERY
Green LED
flashes
(with horn)
Horn “chirps”
about once a
minute
ALARM CONDITION
Smoke or CO
Red LED flashes rapidly on
the unit that
triggered the alarm.
Horn pattern:
(CO) 4 beeps,
pause, 4 beeps,
pause repeating
on all CO Alarms and
“Smart Interconnect”
Alarms;
(Smoke) 3 beeps,
pause, 3 beeps, pause
repeating on all
Smoke, Heat, and
“Smart Interconnect”
Alarms
LEDs on the
other alarms in
an interconnected
series will not flash.
Red Smoke or CO
LED flashes
once every
second on
initiating unit
Horn remains silent:
CO for 4 minutes;
Smoke for up
to 15 minutes.
Horn will sound
if Smoke or CO
levels increase.
“LATCHING” ALARM
INDICATOR
Red Smoke
and/or CO LED
flashes once
every 5 seconds
Horn remains silent
MALFUNCTION
Green LED flashes 3
times synchronized with 3
rapid chirps
Horn sounds 3
consecutive
rapid chirps
every minute
IF YOUR SMOKE/CO ALARM SOUNDS
Type of Alarm
Locking Pin
CO Light:
Flashing RED
Horn: 4 beeps,
pause, 4 beeps,
pause
Do not lock the battery compartment until you have activated the battery
and tested the battery back-up.
Once the Smoke/CO Alarm is installed, you must disconnect it from the AC
power before unlocking the battery compartment.
1. Activate the battery back-up by removing
the “Pull to Activate Battery Back-Up”
tab. Push and hold the test button on the
Smoke/CO Alarm’s cover until the alarm
sounds: 4 beeps, pause, 4 beeps, pause,
3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area where the
Smoke/CO 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.
Smoke
1. Remove the Smoke/CO Alarm from the mounting bracket. If the unit is
locked to the bracket, see the section “To Deactivate the Locking
Feature.”
2. Disconnect the power connector by gently prying it away from the back
of the Smoke/CO 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 re-lock
the battery compartment, save the locking pin.)
5. Reconnect the power connector to the back of the Smoke/CO Alarm,
reattach the Smoke/CO Alarm to the mounting bracket, and restore the
power.
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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.
• 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.
• If the unit alarms get everyone out of the house immediately.
• 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.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE
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Smoke Light:
Flashing RED
Horn: 3 beeps,
pause, 3 beeps,
pause
Don’t panic; stay calm. Follow your family escape plan.
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.
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 "General Limitations of
Smoke/CO Alarms" for details.
If you hear the alarm horn sound 4 beeps, pause,
4 beeps, pause, and the RED CO light is flashing,
move everyone to a source of fresh air.
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TO ACTIVATE THE BRACKET LOCK:
1. Using needle-nose pliers, detach one locking pin from the mounting
bracket.
2. Insert the locking pin into the lock located on the base as shown in
the diagram.
3. When you attach the Smoke/CO Alarm to the mounting bracket, the
locking pin’s head will fit into a notch on the bracket.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area
where the Smoke/CO 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/CO Alarm. First, turn off the AC power at the circuit
breaker or fuse box. Next, remove the battery from Smoke/CO
Alarms with battery back-up. Finally, press and hold the test button.
1. Insert a flathead screwdriver between the mounting bracket pin and
the mounting bracket.
2. Pry the Smoke/CO Alarm away from the bracket by turning both the
screwdriver and the Smoke/CO Alarm counterclockwise (left) at the
same time.
4. To re-lock the battery compartment, close the
battery door and reinsert the locking pin in the
lock.
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If you hear the alarm horn sound 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps,
pause and the RED SMOKE light is flashing, smoke has
been detected. Evacuate everyone from the building.
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TO DEACTIVATE THE BRACKET LOCK:
3. Push the locking pin
through the black dot on
the label on the back of
the Smoke/CO Alarm.
WHAT TO DO IF SMOKE IS DETECTED
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Mounting Bracket Lock
TO UNLOCK THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT:
2. Using needle-nose pliers or a utility
knife, detach one locking pin from
the mounting bracket.
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What You See and Hear
Carbon Monoxide
(CO)
THE MOUNTING BRACKET LOCK
TO LOCK THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT:
If the unit does not alarm during
testing, DO NOT lock the battery
compartment! Install a new battery and test again. If it still does
not alarm, replace the Smoke/CO
Alarm immediately.
4. After following steps 1-3, if your Smoke/CO Alarm reactivates within
a 24-hour period, repeat steps 1-3 and call a qualified appliance
technician to investigate for sources of CO from fuel-burning equipment and appliances, and inspect for proper operation of this equipment. If problems are identified during this inspection have the
equipment serviced immediately. Note any combustion equipment
not inspected by the technician, and consult the manufacturers’
instructions, or contact the manufacturers directly, for more information about CO safety and this equipment. Make sure that motor
vehicles are not, and have not, been operating in an attached
garage or adjacent to the residence. Write down the number of a
qualified appliance technician here:
WHAT TO DO FIRST–IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF ALARM
Using the Optional Locking Features (Continued)
Battery Drawer Lock
When replacing the battery, always test the Smoke/CO Alarm before
re-locking the battery compartment.
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Smoke & CO
Red LEDs flash
once every
second during
their respective
repetitive horn
patterns
“ALARM-MOVE TO FRESH AIR”
A. Unswitched 120VAC
60 Hz source
THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT LOCK
For wall mounting (if allowed by building codes), the top edge of
Smoke/CO Alarms should be placed between 4 inches (102 mm) and
12 inches (305 mm) from the wall/ceiling line.
DURING TESTING
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In areas where temperature is colder than 40˚ F (4˚ C) or hotter than
100˚ F (38˚C). These areas include non-airconditioned crawl spaces,
unfinished attics, uninsulated or poorly insulated ceilings, porches,
and garages.
“Dead air” spaces may prevent smoke from reaching the Smoke/CO
Alarm. To avoid dead air spaces, follow installation recommendations
below.
On ceilings, install Smoke/CO Alarms as close to the center of the
ceiling as possible. If this is not possible, install the Smoke/CO Alarm
at least 4 inches (102 mm) from the wall or corner.
Horn remains silent
WHAT TO DO IF CARBON MONOXIDE IS DETECTED
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AVOIDING DEAD AIR SPACES
Green LED
flashes ON
once, then
shines continuously
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3. Immediately move to fresh air—outdoors or by an open door or
window. Do a head count to check that all persons are accounted
for. Do not re-enter the premises, or move away from the open door
or window until the emergency services responder has arrived, the
premises have been aired out, and your Smoke/CO Alarm remains in
its normal condition.
“SMART INTERCONNECT” FEATURE
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5
4
3
2
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Both locking features use locking pins, molded into the mounting bracket. Using needle nose pliers or a utility knife, remove one or both pins, depending on
which locking features you use.
In “dead air” spaces. See “Avoiding Dead Air Spaces”.
POWER UP
B
In turbulent air, like near ceiling fans or open windows. Blowing air
may prevent CO or smoke from reaching the sensors.
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Horn
Compatible Interconnected Units
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Less than 12 inches (305 mm) away from fluorescent lights.
Electrical “noise” can interfere with the sensor.
LED (Red or Green
Lights)
On All Other Alarms – Green LED(s) On, Red LED(s) is Off
In direct sunlight.
•
Condition
On Initiating Alarm(s) – Green LED(s) On, Red LED(s) flash once every 5 seconds
•
In insect infested areas. Insects can clog the openings to the sensing chamber.
2. Call your emergency services, fire department or 911. Write down
the number of your local emergency service here:
UNDERSTANDING THE LIGHT
AND HORN PATTERNS
IN ALARM SILENCE
MODE
After an Alarm (Latching):
In extremely humid areas. This Alarm should be at least 10 feet
(3 meters) from a shower, sauna, humidifier, vaporizer, dishwasher,
laundry room, utility room, or other source of high humidity.
•
3. CO ALARM Light (RED)
On All Other Alarms – Red LED is Off
•
Within 5 feet (1.5 meters) of any cooking appliance. In air streams
near kitchens. Air currents can draw cooking smoke into the smoke
sensor and cause unwanted alarms.
IF THE CO ALARM SOUNDS:
1. Operate the Test/Silence button.
5. (Behind the Cover) Alarm
Horn: 85dB audible alarm
for test, alarm, and unit
malfunction warning.
Interconnected Series
of Smoke/CO Alarms
Actuation of your CO Alarm indicates the presence of carbon
monoxide (CO) which can kill you. In other words, when your CO
Alarm sounds, you must not ignore it!
2. POWER Light (GREEN)/
SMOKE ALARM Light (RED)
4. Battery Drawer
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERCONNECTED ALARMS
The optional 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/CO Alarms have two separate locking features: one locks
the battery compartment, and the other locks the Smoke/CO Alarm to the
mounting bracket. You can choose to use either feature independently, or
use them both.
Tools you will need: • Needle-nose pliers or utility knife
• Standard/Flathead screwdriver.
•
1. Test/Silence Button: Press
and hold to activate test,
or to silence the alarm.
6. Make sure the Smoke/CO Alarm is receiving AC power. Under normal
operation, the green indicator light will shine continuously. 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.
7. ACTIVATING THE BATTERY BACK-UP
1. Smoke/CO Alarm
2. Ceiling or Wall
3. Power Connector
WHAT TO DO IF CARBON MONOXIDE IS DETECTED, Continued
THE COVER OF YOUR SMOKE/CO ALARM
This Alarm includes "Smart Interconnect" which enables the Alarm to be
interconnected with other BRK Smoke, Heat, and "Smart Interconnect"
CO Alarms. When smoke is detected, all Alarms will sound the smoke
horn pattern. When CO is detected, "Smart Interconnect" Alarms will
sound the CO horn pattern. Alarms that do not have the "Smart
Interconnect" Feature will remain silent during a CO alarm.
USING THE SILENCE FEATURE
NEVER disconnect the power to your Smoke/CO Alarm to silence the
horn—use the Silence Feature. Disconnecting the Smoke/CO Alarm
removes your protection! If the unit will not silence or if it stays in
silence mode continuously, it should be replaced immediately.
• The Silence Feature is intended to temporarily silence the horn
while you identify and correct the problem. Do not use the Silence
Feature in emergency situations. It will not correct a CO problem
or extinguish a fire.
• To use the Silence Feature, press the Test/Silence button until you
hear the acknowledge “chirp” or until the horn is silent.
• If the Test/Silence button is pressed while the Smoke/CO Alarm is
in the silence mode, the alarm will start sounding again.
To silence Alarms in an interconnected series:
To silence an interconnected series of Smoke/CO Alarms, you must
press the Test/Silence button on the initiating alarm (The unit with the
flashing red light; the red light will be off on all other Alarms.). If you
press the Test/Silence on any other Alarm, it will only silence that unit,
not the whole interconnected series.
WHEN THE SMOKE ALARM IS SILENCED...
The Smoke Alarm will remain silent for up to 15 minutes and then return
to normal operation. If the smoke has not cleared within the silence period or if smoke increases to a critical level during the silence period, the
unit will go back into alarm.
Use the Silence Feature only if you are certain of the source of
smoke. If you are not certain of the source or a fire starts while
you are clearing smoke, evacuate the house immediately. Not
responding to an alarm can result in property loss, injury, or death.
WHEN THE CO ALARM IS SILENCED...
The CO Alarm will remain silent for 4 minutes. While the Alarm is
silenced, it will continue to monitor the air for CO. After 4 minutes, if CO
levels remain potentially dangerous the horn will start sounding again.
The Silence Feature is intended to temporarily silence the Alarm horn. It
will not correct a CO problem.
LOW BATTERY SILENCE FEATURE
This Silence Feature can temporarily quiet the low battery warning
“chirp” for up to 8 hours if AC power is present. Press the Test/Silence
button on the Alarm cover until you hear the acknowledge “chirp”.
Once the low battery warning “chirp” silence feature is activated, the
unit continues to flash the green light once a minute for 8 hours. After 8
hours, the low battery “chirp” will resume. The Alarm will continue to
operate as long as AC power is supplied. However, replace the battery as
soon as possible, to maintain protection in event of a power outage.
TO PERMANENTLY REMOVE
THE BRACKET LOCK:
Continued...
Insert the flathead screwdriver
between the locking pin and the
lock, and pry the pin out of the
lock.
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IF YOUR SMOKE/CO ALARM SOUNDS, Continued
POTENTIAL SOURCES OF CO IN THE HOME
THE “LATCHING ALARM” INDICATOR:
Fuel-burning appliances
like: portable heater,
gas or wood burning
fireplace, gas kitchen
range or cooktop, gas
clothes dryer.
The Latching Alarm Indicator is activated after an Alarm is exposed to
alarm levels of smoke or carbon monoxide. This feature will only work
with AC power. After smoke or CO levels drop below alarm levels, the
red smoke or CO LED will begin to flash once every 5 seconds. It will
continue to flash or “latch” until you clear it by testing the alarm.
This feature helps emergency responders, investigators, or service
technicians identify which unit(s) in your home were exposed to alarm
levels of smoke or carbon monoxide. This can help investigators
pinpoint the source of smoke or CO.
Interconnected Alarms. Latching Alarm Indicator shows which Alarm(s)
in the series were exposed to alarm levels of smoke or carbon monoxide.
The Latching Alarm Indicator stays ON until you clear it, so it can alert
you to an alarm that occurred while you were away from home, even
though smoke or CO present in the air has dropped below alarm levels.
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 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, and may void your warranty. NEVER use vehicle
exhaust! Exhaust may cause permanent damage and voids
your warranty.
• 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/CO Alarm.
1. Push and hold the Test/Silence button on the cover until you hear a
“chirp.” The “chirp” marks the start of the self-test sequence.
2. During testing, you will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern: 3 beeps,
pause, 3 beeps, pause, while the red smoke LED flashes. Then you
will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern: 4 beeps, pause, 4 beeps,
pause, while the red CO LED flashes.
3. When testing a series of interconnected units you must test each
unit individually. Make sure all units alarm when each one is tested.
If the Smoke/CO Alarm does not test properly:
1. Make sure the AC power is applied and battery is fresh and installed
correctly.
2. Be sure the alarm is clean and dust-free.
3. Test the unit again.
If the Smoke/CO Alarm is still not working properly, replace it immediately.
Refer to the “Limited Warranty” at the end of this manual.
If there is still a problem, do not try to fix the Alarm yourself. This will
void your warranty!
REGULAR MAINTENANCE
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.
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:
• Test it at least once a week.
• Clean the Smoke/CO Alarm at least once a month; gently vacuum
the outside of the Smoke/CO Alarm using your household vacuum’s
soft brush attachment. Test the Smoke/CO Alarm. Never use water,
cleaners or solvents since they may damage the unit.
• If the Smoke/CO Alarm becomes contaminated by excessive dirt,
dust and/or grime, and cannot be cleaned to avoid unwanted
alarms, replace the unit immediately.
• Relocate the unit if it sounds frequent unwanted alarms. See “Where
This Alarm Should Not Be Installed” for details.
• When the battery back-up becomes weak, the Alarm will “chirp”
about once a minute (the low battery warning). This warning should
last 7 days, but you should replace the battery immediately to continue your protection. This Alarm must have AC or battery power
to operate. If AC power fails, and the battery is dead or missing,
the Alarm cannot operate.
DO NOT spray cleaning chemicals or insect sprays directly on or near
the Alarm. DO NOT paint over the Alarm. Doing so may permanently
damage the Alarm.
CHOOSING A REPLACEMENT BATTERY:
Your Smoke/CO Alarm requires one standard 9V battery. The following
batteries are acceptable as replacements: Duracell #MN1604, (Ultra)
#MX1604; Eveready (Energizer) #522. You may also use a Lithium
battery like the Ultralife U9VL-J for longer service life between battery
changes. These batteries are available at many local retail stores.
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.
Damaged or insufficient
venting: corroded or
disconnected water
heater vent pipe, leaking
chimney pipe or flue, or
cracked heat exchanger,
blocked or clogged
chimney opening.
Transient CO Problems: “transient” or on-again-off-again CO problems
can be caused by outdoor conditions and other special circumstances.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FAMILY FROM CO
POISONING?
A CO Alarm is an excellent means of protection. It monitors the air
and sounds a loud alarm before Carbon Monoxide levels become
threatening for average, healthy adults.
A CO Alarm is not a substitute for proper maintenance of home
appliances.
To help prevent CO problems and reduce the risk of CO poisoning:
• Clean chimneys and flues yearly. Keep them free of debris, leaves,
and nests for proper air flow. Also, have a professional check for
rust and corrosion, cracks, or separations. These conditions can
prevent proper air movement and cause backdrafting. Never
“cap” or cover a chimney in any way that would block air flow.
• Test and maintain all fuel-burning equipment annually. Many local
gas or oil companies and HVAC companies offer appliance
inspections for a nominal fee.
• Make regular visual inspections of all fuel-burning appliances.
Check appliances for excessive rust and scaling. Also check the
flame on the burner and pilot lights. The flame should be blue.
A yellow flame means fuel is not being burned completely and
CO may be present. Keep the blower door on the furnace closed.
Use vents or fans when they are available on all fuel-burning
appliances. Make sure appliances are vented to the outside. Do
not grill or barbecue indoors, or in garages or on screen porches.
• Check for exhaust backflow from CO sources. Check the draft
hood on an operating furnace for a backdraft. Look for cracks on
furnace heat exchangers.
• Check the house or garage on the other side of shared wall.
• Keep windows and doors open slightly. If you suspect that CO
is escaping into your home, open a window or a door. Opening
windows and doors can significantly decrease CO levels.
In addition, familiarize yourself with all enclosed materials. Read
this manual in its entirety, and make sure you understand what to
do if your CO Alarm sounds.
REGULATORY INFORMATION FOR
SMOKE/CO ALARMS
REGULATORY INFORMATION FOR CO ALARMS
WHAT LEVELS OF CO CAUSE AN ALARM?
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Standard UL2034 requires residential CO
Alarms to sound when exposed to levels of CO and exposure times as
described below. They are measured in parts per million (ppm) of CO
over time (in minutes).
UL2034 Required Alarm Points*:
• If the alarm is exposed to 400 ppm of CO, IT MUST ALARM
BETWEEN 4 and 15 MINUTES.
• If the alarm is exposed to 150 ppm of CO, IT MUST ALARM
BETWEEN 10 and 50 MINUTES.
• If the alarm is exposed to 70 ppm if CO, IT MUST ALARM
BETWEEN 60 and 240 MINUTES.
Actual battery service life depends on the Smoke/CO 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”).
* Approximately 10% COHb exposure at levels of 15% to 95% Relative
Humidity (RH).
The unit is designed not to alarm when exposed to a constant level
of 30 ppm for 30 days.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CO
CO Alarms are designed to alarm before there is an immediate life
threat. Since you cannot see or smell CO, never assume it’s not present.
• An exposure to 100 ppm of CO for 20 minutes may not affect average, healthy adults, but after 4 hours the same level may cause
headaches.
• An exposure to 400 ppm of CO may cause headaches in average,
healthy adults after 35 minutes, but can cause death after 2 hours.
Standards: Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Single and Multiple Station
carbon monoxide alarms UL2034.
According to Underwriters Laboratories Inc. UL2034, Section 1-1.2:
“Carbon monoxide alarms covered by these requirements are intended
to respond to the presence of carbon monoxide from sources such as,
but not limited to, exhaust from internal-combustion engines, abnormal operation of fuel-fired appliances, and fireplaces. CO Alarms are
intended to alarm at carbon monoxide levels below those that could
cause a loss of ability to react to the dangers of Carbon Monoxide
exposure.” This CO Alarm monitors the air at the Alarm, and is
designed to alarm before CO levels become life threatening. This
allows you precious time to leave the house and correct the problem.
This is only possible if Alarms are located, installed, and maintained as
described in this manual.
Gas Detection at Typical Temperature and Humidity Ranges: The CO
Alarm is not formulated to detect CO levels below 30 ppm typically.
Audible Alarm: 85dB minimum at 10 feet (3 meters).
WHAT IS CO?
CO is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas produced when fossil fuels do
not burn completely, or are exposed to heat (usually fire). Electrical
appliances typically do not produce CO.
These fuels include: Wood, coal, charcoal, oil, natural gas, gasoline,
kerosene, and propane.
Common appliances are often sources of CO. If they are not properly
maintained, are improperly ventilated, or malfunction, CO levels can rise
quickly. CO is a real danger now that homes are more energy efficient.
“Air-tight” homes with added insulation, sealed windows, and other
weatherproofing can “trap” CO inside.
SYMPTOMS OF CO POISONING
These symptoms are related to CO POISONING and should be discussed with ALL household members.
Mild Exposure: Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (“flu-like”
symptoms).
Medium Exposure: Throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast
heart rate.
Extreme Exposure: Convulsions, unconsciousness, heart and lung
failure. Exposure to Carbon Monoxide can cause brain damage, death.
This CO Alarm measures exposure to CO over time. It alarms if CO levels
are extremely high in a short period of time, or if CO levels reach a certain
minimum over a long period of time. The CO Alarm generally sounds an
alarm before the onset of symptoms in average, healthy adults.
Why is this important? Because you need to be warned of a potential
CO problem while you can still react in time. In many reported cases of
CO exposure, victims may be aware that they are not feeling well, but
become disoriented and can no longer react well enough to exit the
building or get help. Also, young children and pets may be the first
affected. The average healthy adult might not feel any symptoms when
the CO Alarm sounds. However, people with cardiac or respiratory
problems, infants, unborn babies, pregnant mothers, or elderly people
can be more quickly and severely affected by CO. If you experience
even mild symptoms of CO poisoning, consult your doctor immediately!
FINDING THE SOURCE OF CO AFTER AN ALARM
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas, which often makes it
difficult to locate the source of CO after an alarm. These are a few of the
factors that can make it difficult to locate sources of CO:
• House well ventilated before the investigator arrives.
• Problem caused by “backdrafting.”
• Transient CO problem caused by special circumstances.
Because CO may dissipate by the time an investigator arrives, it may
be difficult to locate the source of CO. BRK Brands, Inc. shall not be
obligated to pay for any carbon monoxide investigation or service
call.
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REGULATORY INFORMATION FOR SMOKE ALARMS
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.
Continued...
This Smoke/CO Alarm is intended for residential use. It is not intended
for use in industrial applications where Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) requirements for Carbon Monoxide Alarms must
be met. The Smoke Alarm portion of this device is not intended to alert
hearing impaired residents. Special purpose Smoke Alarms should be
installed for hearing impaired residents (CO Alarms are not yet available
for the hearing impaired).
Smoke/CO 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/CO 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/CO Alarm while sleeping and
to determine whether they may need assistance in the event of an
emergency.
Improper use of appliance/device: operating a barbecue grill or
vehicle in an enclosed area (like a garage or screened porch).
The following conditions can result in transient CO situations:
1. Excessive spillage or reverse venting of fuel appliances caused by
outdoor conditions such as:
• Wind direction and/or velocity, including high, gusty winds. Heavy
air in the vent pipes (cold/humid air with extended periods
between cycles).
• Negative pressure differential resulting from the use of exhaust
fans.
• Several appliances running at the same time competing for limited
fresh air.
• Vent pipe connections vibrating loose from clothes dryers,
furnaces, or water heaters.
• Obstructions in or unconventional vent pipe designs which can
amplify the above situations.
2. Extended operation of unvented fuel burning devices (range, oven,
fireplace).
3. Temperature inversions, which can trap exhaust close to the ground.
4. Car idling in an open or closed attached garage, or near a home.
These conditions are dangerous because they can trap exhaust in your
home. Since these conditions can come and go, they are also hard to
recreate during a CO investigation.
GENERAL LIMITATIONS OF SMOKE/CO ALARMS
RECOMMENDED LOCATIONS FOR SMOKE ALARMS, Continued
INSTALLING SMOKE ALARMS IN MOBILE HOMES &
RVS
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). WARNING: Test units used in
RVs after the vehicle has been in storage, before every trip, and
once a week while in use. Failure to test units used in RVs as
described may remove your protection.
Smoke/CO 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.
This Smoke/CO Alarm will not sense smoke or CO that does not
reach the sensors. It will only sense smoke or CO at the sensor. Smoke
or CO may be present in other areas. Doors or other obstructions may
affect the rate at which CO or smoke reaches the sensors. If bedroom
doors are usually closed at night, we recommend you install an alarm
device (Combination CO and Smoke Alarm, or separate CO Alarms and
Smoke Alarms) in each bedroom and in the hallway between them.
This Smoke/CO Alarm may not sense smoke or CO on another
level of the home. Example: This alarm device, installed on the second
floor, may not sense smoke or CO in the basement. For this reason,
one alarm device may not give adequate early warning. Recommended
This equipment should be installed in accordance with NFPA (National Fire
Protection Association) 72 and 101. 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.
minimum protection is one alarm device in every sleeping area, every
bedroom, and on every level of your home. Some experts recommend
battery powered Smoke and CO Alarms be used in conjunction with
interconnected AC powered Smoke Alarms. For details, see “About
Smoke Alarms” for details.
Smoke/CO Alarms may not be heard. The alarm horn loudness
meets or exceeds current UL standards of 85dB at 10 feet (3 meters).
However, if the Smoke/CO Alarm is installed outside the bedroom, it
may not wake up a sound sleeper or one who has recently used drugs
or has been drinking alcoholic beverages. This is especially true if the
door is closed or only partly open. Even persons who are awake may
not hear the alarm horn if the sound is blocked by distance or closed
doors. Noise from traffic, stereo, radio, television, air conditioner, or
other appliances may also prevent alert persons from hearing the alarm
horn. This Smoke/CO Alarm is not intended for people who are hearing
impaired.
The Alarm 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.
This Smoke/CO Alarm is not a substitute for life insurance.
Though this Smoke/CO Alarm warns against increasing CO levels or the
presence of smoke, BRK Brands, Inc. does not warrant or imply in any
way that they will protect lives. Homeowners and renters must still
insure their lives.
This Smoke/CO Alarm has a limited life. Although this Smoke/CO
Alarm and all of its parts have passed many stringent tests and are
designed to be as reliable as possible, any of these parts could fail at
any time. Therefore, you must test this device weekly. The unit should
be replaced immediately if it is not operating properly.
This Smoke/CO Alarm is not foolproof. Like all other electronic
devices, this Smoke/CO Alarm has limitations. It can only detect smoke
or CO that reaches the sensors. It may not give early warning of the
source of smoke or CO is in a remote part of the home, away from the
alarm device.
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
AGENCY PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
NFPA 72 (National Fire Code)
Smoke Alarms shall be installed in each separate sleeping room, outside
each 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, Alarms shall be so arranged that operation of any one
Alarm shall cause the operation of all Alarms within the dwelling.
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.
California State Fire Marshal (CSFM)
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.
ABOUT SMOKE ALARMS
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.
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.
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 battery-powered 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.
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.
SPECIAL COMPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS
This unit 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 unit may be used to provide additional protection
in these facilities.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area where the Alarm is installed BEFORE removing it from the mounting bracket or
checking any electrical connections! Failure to turn off the power first may result in serious electrical shock, injury or death.
If your Alarm does this...
It means...
You should...
Green light is OFF. Unit will not alarm when you
press the Test/Silence button.
Unit may not be receiving any power.
Green light flashes ON, once a minute (horn is
silent).
Alarm is not receiving AC power.
Check the AC power supply. Make sure the
power connector is securely attached to the
alarm. Make sure a fresh 9V battery is installed to
power the battery back-up*.
Unit is operating on battery back-up.
Check the AC power supply.
Once a minute, the Green light flashes and the
horn “chirps”.
Low battery warning. Battery is low or missing.
Replace the battery, avoid interrupting AC
power.
Once a minute, the alarm sounds 3 quick
“chirps”, and the green light flashes quickly
three times.
Unit malfunction. Unit needs to be replaced.
Based on self-diagnostic tests, the unit has
detected a fault.
Units under warranty should be returned to
manufacturer for replacement. See “Limited
Warranty” for details.
Alarm goes back into alarm after you pressed
the Test/Silence button to silence an alarm.
Smoke and/or CO levels are still potentially
dangerous.
Refer to “If Your Smoke/CO Alarm Sounds” for
details on how to respond to an alarm. If anyone
is feeling ill, EVACUATE your home immediately
and call 911.
Alarm sounds frequently even though no high
levels of smoke or CO are revealed in an
investigation.
The Alarm may be improperly located. Refer to
“Where to Install This Alarm.”
Relocate your alarm. If frequent alarms continue,
have home rechecked for potential problems.
You may be experiencing an intermittent smoke
or CO problem.
*For a list of acceptable replacement batteries, see “Regular Maintenance.”
If you have any questions that cannot be answered by reading this manual, call Consumer Affairs: 1-800-323-9005.
LIMITED WARRANTY
BRK Brands, Inc., ("BRK") the maker of BRK® brand and First Alert® brand products, warrants that for a period of five 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.
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.
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.
303 Nelson Avenue, Neosho, MO 64850-8806.
Battery: BRK Brands, Inc. make no warranty, express or implied, written or oral, including that of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose
with respect to battery.
For your records, please record:
Date Purchased: ____________________________
Where Purchased: _____________________________________
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 this unit 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 unit 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 unit 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 unit 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 unit 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 unit 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 unit in common
areas may not provide sufficient warning to all residents or meet local
fire protection ordinances/regulations.
BRK Electronics® is a registered trademark of BRK Brands, Inc.
First Alert® is a registered trademark of the First Alert Trust.
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