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Instruction Manual: COSTAR® 9SIR, Residential CO Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Model 9SIR
OWNER’S MANUAL
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Residential Use
Dear New COSTAR® 9SIR Owner,
Congratulations as you have taken steps to help insure the health and life safety of you and your family. We are
proud to offer you our unique, patented CO Sensor technology that detects CO in a manner similar to the human body's
response. The COSTAR® 9SIR is an ideal and low-cost way of warning you of both the acute and chronic effects of CO
poisoning.
Please read this owner's manual carefully so you will have a better understanding of the effects of CO poisoning
and the COSTAR® 9SIR Alarm, as we work together pursuing a safer, healthier indoor air quality for us all.
To your good health and safety,
Mark Goldstein, Ph.D.
President
Quantum Group Inc.
1.0
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CO
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an insidious poison. It is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. It is a cumulative poison. Even
low levels of CO have been shown to cause brain and other vital organ damage in unborn infants with no effect on the
mother.
The following symptoms are related to CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING and should be discussed with ALL members
of the household:
MILD EXPOSURE
Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (often described as "flu–like" symptoms)
MEDIUM EXPOSURE
Severe throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate
EXTREME EXPOSURE
Unconsciousness, convulsions, cardiorespiratory failure, death
Many cases of reported CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING indicate that while victims are aware they are not well, they
become so disoriented they are unable to save themselves by either exiting the building or calling for assistance. Also,
young children and household pets may be the first affected.
Your CO alarm is designed to detect the toxic CO fumes that result from incomplete combustion, such as those emitted
from appliances, furnaces, fireplaces and auto exhaust.
A CO Alarm is NOT A SUBSTITUTE for other combustible gas, fire or smoke alarms. This carbon monoxide alarm is
designed to detect carbon monoxide gas from ANY source of combustion.
CAUTION: This alarm will only indicate the presence of carbon monoxide gas at the sensor. Carbon monoxide gas may
be present in other areas.
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WARNING: This product is intended for use in ordinary indoor locations of family living units. It is not designed to
measure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) commercial or industrial standards.
Individuals with medical problems may consider using warning devices which provide audible and visual signals for carbon
monoxide concentrations under 30 ppm.
2.0
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF THE ALARM SOUNDS
WARNING:
Activation of this device indicates the presence of carbon monoxide (CO), which can kill you.
If alarm sounds:
2.1
Operate reset/silence button;
2.2
Call your emergency services (____ - ______) [fire department or 911];
2.3
Immediately move to fresh air – outdoors or by an open door/window. Then, do a
head count to check that all persons are accounted for. Do not reenter the premises nor
move away from the open door/window until the emergency services responders have
arrived, the premises have been aired out, and your alarm remains in its normal condition.
2.4
After following steps 2.1-2.3, if your alarm reactivates within a 24-hour period, repeat
steps 2.1-2.3 and call a qualified 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.
2.5
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
The 9SIR has been designed and is warranted to operate for six years.
2.6
Never disconnect the battery to silence an alarm. The alarm will automatically sense when the level of CO in the
air falls below the danger level. You should stay outside the residence in fresh air until the alarm is silenced. When the
alarm sounds, do not stand too close to the alarm. The sound produced by the alarm is loud because it is designed to
awaken a person in an emergency. Prolonged exposure to the alarm at a close distance may be harmful to your hearing.
NOTE: Manufacturer strongly recommends replacement of alarm six years after date of purchase. Under no
circumstances should the alarm be used (7) years after the date of purchase.
3.0
DEVELOPING YOUR OWN CO SAFETY PLAN
This CO alarm can quickly alert you to the presence of CO — it cannot prevent toxic CO emissions. Please note that there
are hazards against which CO detection may not be effective, such as gas leaks or explosions. The ultimate responsibility
for protection against toxic CO fumes rests solely on you.
Installing CO detectors is just the first step in protecting your family from toxic CO poisoning. We also suggest that you
create an effective, comprehensive safety program as outlined below.
3.1
Install CO detectors properly following the instructions in this manual.
3.2
Develop a family escape plan and practice it with your entire family, especially small children.
– Draw a floor plan of your home and find two ways to exit from each room. There should be one way to get out
of each bedroom without opening the door.
– Make sure that all occupants know what the CO alarm signal means and how they must exit the residence by
themselves if necessary.
– Decide on a meeting place a safe distance from your house and make sure all occupants understand where they
should go and wait if there is a dangerous CO condition.
– Conduct CO safety drills at least every 6 months to make sure that everyone, even small children, know what to
do in order to escape safely.
– Know where to go to call the Fire Department from outside your residence.
NOTE: This unit is designed to detect carbon monoxide (CO) entering its sensing chamber. It does not sense combustible
gas (such as natural gas, propane or butane), heat, smoke or flames.
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3.3
This CO alarm is designed for use within a single residential living unit only. In a multi-family building, the alarm
may not provide early warning for residents if it is placed outside of the residential units, such as on outside porches, in
corridors, lobbies, basements, or in other apartments. In multi-family buildings, each residential unit should have detectors
installed as previously indicated.
3.4
When properly located, installed, and maintained, this CO alarm is designed to provide early warning of
developing poisonous CO conditions at a reasonable cost. This alarm monitors the air, and when it senses CO, it activates
its built-in alarm. It can provide precious time for you and your family to escape from your residence before CO can
seriously injure or kill. However, such an early warning is possible only if the alarm is located, installed, and maintained as
specified in the Owner's Manual.
4.0
IMPORTANT: WHAT YOUR CO ALARM CAN AND CANNOT DO
If bedroom doors are usually closed at night, alarms should be placed in each bedroom as well as in the common hallway
between them. CO alarms may not sense CO on a different level of a residence or building. For example, a second floor
alarm may not sense a CO leak on the first floor or in the basement.
Therefore, alarms should be placed on every level of a residence or building. If the alarm is located outside of a bedroom,
it may not wake up a sound sleeper, especially if the bedroom door is closed or only partly open. If the alarm is located on a
different level of the residence than the bedrooms, it is even less likely to wake up people sleeping in the bedroom.
Installing CO alarms may qualify you for lower homeowner's insurance rates, but CO alarms are not a substitute for
insurance. Homeowners and renters should continue to insure their lives and property.
! WARNING: The COSTAR® Model 9SIR CO Alarm is not designed for marine or RV use.
INSTALLING THE COSTAR® 9SIR FOR RESIDENTIAL USE
RECOMMENDATIONS
One of the most important considerations in any CO alarm system is the location of the alarms. Statistics of the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that most of the fatal CO occurrences happen at night while people are
sleeping. Early warning of CO is best achieved by the correct installation of CO alarms. Placement of an alarm in a garage
may cause an alarm due to CO from automotive exhaust.
5.2
RECOMMENDED MOUNTING LOCATIONS
Put a CO alarm inside each bedroom where the occupant closes the door while sleeping. A closed door can block
particulate smoke, but CO gas is likely to get through.
5.0
5.1
Figure 1: Recommended CO alarm placement for single
floor residence.
5.3
5.4
Figure 2: Recommended CO alarm placement for multilevel residence.
This CO alarm must be mounted on the wall or ceiling.
WALL LOCATION: Locate the top of the alarm at least 3 feet (usually 5 to 6) feet from the floor.
Figure 3: Recommended CO alarm mounting location is 5 to 6 feet from floor.
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5.5
CEILING LOCATION: Alarm should be mounted as close as possible to the center of a hallway or room. If this is
not possible, the edge of the alarm should be at least 4 inches from any wall.
5.6
LOCATIONS TO AVOID
Placing units where they will not operate properly causes nuisance alarms. To avoid nuisance alarms, do not place
units:
– Within 5 feet (1.5m) of any cooking appliance or furnace.
– Near an open window or door, because the fresh air entering the opening may delay CO from reaching the alarm.
– In damp or very humid areas or next to bathrooms with showers. Install detectors at least 10 feet (3 meters)
away from bathrooms.
– In very cold or very hot environments or in unheated buildings or outdoor rooms where the temperature can go
below or above the operating range of the alarm. Temperature limits for proper operation are 4.4° C to 37.8° C (40° F to
100° C).
– Good ventilation is recommended when household cleaning supplies or similar contaminants are used.
5.7
CONDITIONS WHICH CAN RESULT IN TEMPORARY CO SITUATIONS:
5.7.1
Excessive spillage or reverse venting of fuel burning appliances caused by outdoor ambient conditions, such as:
i) Wind direction and/or velocity, including high gusts of wind. Heavy air in the vent pipes (cold/humid air with
extended periods between cycles).
ii) Negative pressure differential resulting from the use of exhaust fans.
iii) Simultaneous operation of several fuel burning appliances competing for limited internal air.
iv) Vent pipe connections vibrating loose from clothes dryers, furnaces, or water heaters.
v) Obstructions in or unconventional vent pipe designs which can amplify the above situations.
5.7.2
Extended operation of unvented fuel burning devices (range, oven, fireplace, etc.)
5.7.3
Temperature inversions, which can trap exhaust gasses near the ground.
5.7.4
Car idling in an open or closed area garage, or near a home.
6.0
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: CAUTION!! READ CAREFULLY
! CAUTION: THIS UNIT IS SEALED. THE COVER IS NOT REMOVABLE!
6.1
Select proper location (See section 5.0)
6.2
A mounting plate is provided on the back of the alarm. Remove the mounting plate from the back of the alarm by
holding the mounting plate and twisting the alarm in the direction indicated by the "OFF" arrow on the alarm cover.
6.3
To insure aesthetic alignment of the alarm with the hallway or wall, the UP ARROW on the mounting plate must
be:
A.)
Parallel with the hallway walls when ceiling mounting
B.)
Pointed upward when wall mounting
(See steps A & B in figure 4)
Step A: Ceiling mounting
Step B: Wall alignment
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Step C: Battery Installation
Figure 4: Installation Instructions
Step D: Installation / Removal
6.4
As described in Figures 1-3, attach the mounting plate on the wall. Be sure the UP text and arrow are facing up.
Use the screws and anchors provided to secure the mounting plate.
6.5
The battery is INSTALLED REVERSED FOR SHIPPING. Remove and reinstall the battery in the correct
orientation as noted on the inside of the battery door. When installing the battery, align the “+” and “-” battery terminals on
the correct contacts. The alarm will beep once indicating proper battery installation.
CAUTION! IF NO BATTERY IS INSTALLED, THE BATTERY DOOR WILL NOT CLOSE AND THE UNIT WILL
NOT ATTACH TO THE MOUNTING BRACKET.
6.6
Alignment marks are provided on the edge of the trim plate and the alarm. After installing the mounting plate,
place the alarm on the mounting plate with the alignment marks lined up. Twist the alarm in the direction indicated by the
"ON" arrow on the alarm cover (see step D) until it locks in place.
6.7
To make your carbon monoxide alarm tamper resistant, a locking pin has
been provided in the bag with the screws and anchors. Using this pin will deter
children and others from removing the alarm from the mounting plate. To use the
pin insert it into the hole in the side of the alarm after the alarm has been installed on
the mounting plate (see fig. 5). Note the tamper resist pin will have to be removed
in order to change the battery; this can be done easily with a long nose pliers. Using
the long nose pliers pull the pin out of the hole, it is now possible to remove the
Figure 5
alarm from the mounting plate.
6.8
Test alarm immediately following installation and weekly for proper operation by pushing the test button until a
short beep is heard (approximately three seconds). Release the button. The alarm will then test itself for proper operation
and the RED L.E.D. will flash 4-6 times. At completion of the self-test, the alarm will sound 2 alarm patterns. The alarm
then resumes normal operation.
6.9
This box contains two self-adhesive labels. You should write the telephone numbers of the emergency service
provider and a qualified technician in the space provided on the labels. Place one label next to the alarm, and the other
label near a source of fresh air where you plan to gather after the alarm indicates the presence of carbon monoxide.
7.0
7.1
ALARM SIGNALS
NORMAL OPERATION
RED L.E.D. flashes once every 30 seconds, indicating that the alarm is powered and active.
7.2
ALARM CONDITION
RED LED turns "on" for 2 seconds and "off" for 4 seconds with 4 short beeps for 1 second and 5 seconds of
silence. Pushing and holding the test/reset button for 3 seconds will silence the alarm for about 4 minutes. After 4 minutes,
the alarm will once again sound until the unsafe CO concentration is reduced.
7.3
TROUBLE CONDITION
The detector self-tests every 10 minutes. The detector will beep and the Indicator/Test button will flash twice
every 30 seconds if a fault is detected. This is an indication of a malfunction and that the detector requires immediate
servicing.
7.4
LOW BATTERY
One chirp every 30 seconds for a minimum of (7) days. Replace battery when this signal occurs
8.0
8.1
MAINTENANCE
CLEANING YOUR ALARM:
Keep your CO alarms clean–do not wash.
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8.2
To clean your alarm remove it from the mounting bracket as outlined in section 6.2.
8.3
You can clean the interior of your alarm by using your vacuum cleaner hose and vacuuming through the openings
around the perimeter of the alarm.
8.4
The outside can be wiped with a cloth.
8.5
After cleaning, reinstall your alarm and test your alarm by using the TEST button.
8.6
Test your detectors weekly and repair or replace them when they no longer function. As with any electronic
product, alarms have a limited life and alarms that do not work cannot warn you. (See section 11.0)
! WARNING: Do not use any household cleaning agents, paints, varnishes or any other chemical on your 9SIR alarm.
NOTE: REGULAR TESTING IS RECOMMENDED.
9.0
BATTERY REPLACEMENT:
IF TAMPER RESISTANT PIN HAS BEEN USED, REFER TO STEP 6.7 UNDER INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
FOR REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS. (See Figure 5)
9.1
To replace the battery remove the alarm from the mounting plate by rotating the alarm in the direction of the
"OFF" arrow on the cover. (see Figure 4, Step D).
9.2
The COSTAR® Model 9SIR CO Alarm uses one (1) 9 volt alkaline battery. A fresh battery should last for one
year under normal operating conditions.
9.3
USE ONLY THE FOLLOWING 9 VOLT BATTERY FOR CO ALARM REPLACEMENT.
Alkaline type: DURACELL MN1604
! WARNING!! USE ONLY THE BATTERY SPECIFIED. USE OF DIFFERENT BATTERIES MAY HAVE A
DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE CO ALARM. CONSTANT EXPOSURES TO HIGH OR LOW TEMPERATURES
OR HIGH HUMIDITY MAY REDUCE BATTERY LIFE.
CHECK THE BATTERY MANUFACTURERS SPECIFICATIONS FOR PROPER OPERATING CONDITIONS.
Note: Most batteries are not rated below -20°C or above 54°C
10.0
PERIODIC ALARM TESTING
Test the alarm weekly for proper operation by pushing the test button until a short beep is heard (approximately three
seconds). Release the button.
The alarm will then test itself for proper operation and the RED L.E.D. light will flash 4-6 times. At completion of the selftest, the alarm will sound 2 patterns. The alarm then resumes normal operation.
11.0
SERVICE AND WARRANTY
If after reviewing this manual you feel that your CO Alarm is defective in any way, do not tamper with the unit. Before
returning your device, call Quantum Group's customer service line at 1-800-432-5599 to receive a return merchandise
authorization (RMA) number. Once an RMA number has been issued, return product along with proof of purchase that
includes a date. Please enclose a note describing the problem and send it to:
7737 Kenamar Court
San Diego, CA 92121-2425
Or call us toll free 1-800-432-5599
E-mail address: CustomerService@QGinc.com
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LIMITED WARRANTY
COSTAR® Model 9SIR
Quantum Group Inc. offers you this limited warranty on your new carbon monoxide alarm, including all of its component
parts. This limited warranty extends solely to the original end-user purchaser of this product, provided your purchase was
made from an authorized vendor. Transfer or resale of this product will automatically terminate warranty coverage.
Quantum Group Inc. warrants the enclosed carbon monoxide alarm to be free from defects in materials and workmanship
under authorized use and service, as specified in the owner's manual, for a period of six (6) years from the date of purchase.
During the initial one (1) year period commencing with the date of purchase, any repair or replacement shall be made
without charge with proof of purchase. During the latter five (5) years of the warranty period, any repair or replacement
shall be made at a charge to the purchaser not to exceed the manufacturer's cost of repair or replacement. All replaced
items become the property of Quantum Group Inc.
QUANTUM GROUP INC. MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, EXCEPT AS REQUIRED
BY LAW, AND IN NO CASE FOR A DURATION LONGER THAN THAT OF THIS WRITTEN WARRANTY,
EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR AGAINST INFRINGEMENT, OR ANY
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ARISING OUT OF TRADE USAGE OR OUT OF A COURSE OF DEALING
OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. Quantum Group Inc. has not authorized any other party to extend any other
warranties in connection with the sale of the product, and will not accept responsibility for any statements, representations,
or warranties made by any other person.
This limited warranty does not cover: (1) 9 volt alkaline battery; (2) products which have been improperly installed,
repaired, maintained, modified, or which have been subjected to misuse, abuse, accident, neglect, exposure to fire, water, or
excessive changes in climate or temperature, or combined with non-Quantum Group Inc.-approved accessories; (2) physical
damage caused from use other than normal and proper operation or handling, as specified in the owner's manual; (3)
cosmetic damage; (4) products on which warranty stickers or product serial numbers have been removed, altered, or
rendered illegible; (5) the cost of installation, removal or reinstallation.
QUANTUM GROUP INC. SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL DIRECT, INDIRECT,
SPECIAL, GENERAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
LOSS OF PROFITS OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS ARISING OUT OF USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE
PRODUCT.
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