User`s manual | First Alert FCD2NP Carbon Monoxide Alarm User Manual

INTRODUCTION
BASIC SAFETY INFORMATION
USER’S MANUAL
120V PLUG-IN CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM
WITH SILENCE FEATURE
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Dangers, Warnings, and Cautions alert you to important
operating instructions or to potentially hazardous situations.
Pay special attention to these items.
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THIS IS NOT A SMOKE ALARM! This CO Alarm is designed to
detect carbon monoxide from ANY source of combustion. It is
NOT designed to detect smoke, fire, or any other gas.
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This CO Alarm is approved for use in single-family residences.
It is NOT designed for marine or RV use.
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This CO 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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The Silence Feature is for your convenience only and will not
correct a CO problem. Always check your home for a potential
problem after any alarm. Failure to do so can result in injury or
death.
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This CO Alarm should receive continuous 120VAC, 60 Hz, pure
sine wave electrical power. Do not use in an extension cord or
outlet controlled by a dimmer or switch.
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NEVER ignore your Carbon Monoxide Alarm if it alarms. Refer
to “If Your CO Alarm Sounds” for more information. Failure to
do so can result in injury or death.
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Test the CO Alarm once a week. If the CO Alarm ever fails to
test correctly, have it replaced immediately! If the CO Alarm is
not working properly, it cannot alert you to a problem.
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This product is intended for use in ordinary indoor locations of
family living units. It is not designed to measure CO levels in
compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) commercial or industrial standards. Individuals with
medical conditions that may make them more sensitive to
carbon monoxide may consider using warning devices which
provide audible and visual signals for carbon monoxide concentrations under 30 ppm. For additional information on carbon
monoxide and your medical condition contact your physician.
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120V AC ,
60 Hz, 0.09A
Printed in Mexico M08-0085-001 S 07/04
Model FCD2NP
IMPORTANT!
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND SAVE.
This user’s manual contains important information about your
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm’s operation. If you are installing
this CO Alarm for use by others, you must leave this manual—
or a copy of it—with the end user.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Basic Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
How Your CO Alarm Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Understanding Your CO Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Where to Install CO Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Where CO Alarms Should NOT Be Installed . . . . . . . .2
How to Install Your CO Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
If Your CO Alarm Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
If the Alarm Signal Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Using the Silence Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Testing and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Weekly Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Regular Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
What You Need To Know About CO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4
What is CO? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Symptoms of CO Poisoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Finding the Source of CO After an Alarm . . . . . . . . . . .3
Potential Sources Of CO In The Home . . . . . . . . . . . .4
How Can I Protect My Family? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. UL2034 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
General Limitations Of CO Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Troubleshooting Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
HOW YOUR CO ALARM WORKS
GENERAL INFORMATION
Leave your CO Alarm plugged in year-round. CO problems can
occur any time during the year, and this Alarm can only alert you if it
is plugged in and receiving power.
This CO Alarm is intended for use in a standard, unswitched 120V AC
wall outlet. It is not intended for use in extension cords, power strips, or
outlets controlled by a switch or dimmer. These may not provide continuous power to the unit. When fully powered, the unit samples the air and
takes a new reading about every second. A microchip inside the unit
stores each reading, and remembers the levels of CO it has been
exposed to over time. The Alarm sounds when it has been exposed to a
“critical” level of CO (measured in parts per million or “ppm”) within a
specified time (measured in minutes). This CO Alarm features a permanently installed sensor, an indicator light, and an 85dB alarm horn. It also
has a Silence Feature to temporarily quiet the alarm horn.
MALFUNCTION WARNING
This unit performs self-diagnostic tests approximately every second.
If the Alarm malfunctions, it should be replaced immediately.
THE COVER OF YOUR CO ALARM
All Rights Reserved. © 2004 BRK Brands, Inc.
BRK Brands, Inc., 3901 Liberty Street Road
Aurora, IL 60504-8122
Consumer Affairs: (800) 323-9005 • www.firstalert.com
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Test/Silence Button
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POWER/ALARM Light
(Red)
3
Air Vents
4
Alarm Horn: 85dB
audible alarm for test,
alarm, and unit
malfunction warning.
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4
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR CO ALARM
WHERE CO ALARMS SHOULD NOT BE
INSTALLED
What you see and hear during installation
WHEN YOU FIRST PLUG-IN
THE CO ALARM:
DO NOT LOCATE THIS CO ALARM:
WHEN YOU TEST THE CO
ALARM:
HORN: May chirp briefly
HORN: Sounds loudly - 4
beeps, pause, 4 beeps,
pause
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Shines continuously
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Flashes rapidly
UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS
(AC POWER):
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In garages, kitchens, furnace rooms, or in any extremely dusty,
dirty or greasy areas.
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Closer than 15 feet (4.6 meters) from a furnace or other fuel
burning heat source, or fuel burning appliances like a water heater.
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Within 5 feet (1.5 meters) of any cooking appliance.
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In extremely humid areas. This Alarm should be at least 10 feet (3
meters) from a bath or shower, sauna, humidifier, vaporizer, dishwasher, laundry room, utility room or other source of high humidity.
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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.
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In turbulent air, like near ceiling fans, heat vents, air conditioners,
fresh air returns, or open windows. Blowing air may prevent CO
from reaching the sensors.
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In direct sunlight.
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In outlets covered by curtains or other obstruction.
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This CO Alarm is designed for use inside a single-family home
or apartment. It is not meant to be used in common lobbies,
hallways, or basements of multi-family buildings unless working
CO Alarms are also installed in each family living unit. CO
Alarms in common areas may not be heard from inside individual family living units.
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This CO Alarm alone is not a suitable substitute for complete
detection systems in places which house many people, like
hotels or dormitories, unless a CO Alarm is also placed in each
unit.
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DO NOT use this CO Alarm in warehouses, industrial or commercial buildings, special-purpose non-residential buildings,
RVs, boats, or airplanes. This CO Alarm is specifically designed
for residential use, and may not provide adequate protection in
non-residential applications.
HORN: Silent
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Shines continuously
What you see and hear under different conditions:
WHEN THE ELECTRICITY
COMES BACK ON AFTER A
POWER FAILURE:
IF THE CO ALARM IS NOT
OPERATING PROPERLY:
HORN: May chirp briefly
HORN: Three rapid chirps
every minute
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Shines continuously.
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Flashes three times in sync
with the horn.
What you see and hear if CO is detected:
PRE-ALARM LEVELS:
IF YOU SILENCE THE ALARM:
HORN: Silent
HORN: Silent for about
4 minutes
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
On continuously
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Flashes rapidly
ALARM LEVELS OF CO ARE
DETECTED:
Note: After 4 minutes, if CO
levels drop below alarm levels, the unit will remain silent
and return to normal operation.
If CO presence still indicates
a potentially dangerous situation, the horn will sound
again.
HORN: Sounds loudly - 4
beeps, pause, 4 beeps,
pause.
This sequence repeats for as
long as the unit is in alarm*
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Flashes rapidly
HOW TO INSTALL YOUR CO ALARM
IF THE CO LEVELS RETURN
TO NORMAL:
HORN: Silent
POWER/ALARM LIGHT:
Shines continuously
1.
Plug the unit into a standard UNSWITCHED 120V AC outlet. The
unit should be located where it can wake you if it alarms at night.
2.
Make sure the POWER/ALARM light shines continuously when you
plug it in. The horn may “chirp” during power up, or when power is
restored after an outage.
3.
Test by pressing the Test/Silence button firmly until the unit sounds:
four loud beeps, pause, 4 beeps. During testing, the
POWER/ALARM light will flash rapidly. This is normal.
INSTALLATION
PREPARE YOUR ALARM LABELS
WHERE TO INSTALL CO ALARMS
Find the pair of self-adhesive labels included with this CO Alarm.
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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On each label write in the phone number of your emergency
responder (like 911) and a qualified appliance technician.
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Place one label near the CO Alarm, and the other label in the “fresh
air” location you plan to go if the alarm sounds.
If your bedroom hallway is longer than 40 feet (12 meters), install a CO
Alarm at BOTH ends of the hallway.
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.”
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
KITCHEN
LIVING ROOM
HALL
BEDROOM
GARAGE
BASEMENT
REQUIRED TO MEET NFPA RECOMMENDATIONS
SUGGESTED AREAS FOR INSTALLING ADDITIONAL CO ALARMS
In a Single-level Home:
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Install at least one CO Alarm near or within each separate sleeping
area.
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For added protection, install an additional CO Alarm at least 20 feet
(6 meters) away from the furnace or fuel burning heat source.
In a Multi-level Home:
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Install at least one CO Alarm near or within each separate sleeping
area.
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For added protection, install at least one CO Alarm on each level of
the home. If you have a basement, install that CO Alarm at the top
of the basement stairs.
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For added protection, install an additional CO Alarm at least 20 feet
(6 meters) away from the furnace or fuel burning heat source.
This unit should receive continuous electrical power. Choose an
outlet where it can’t be accidentally unplugged or switched off by
children. Keep small children away from the unit. Teach them not to
play with it or unplug it. Explain what the alarms mean.
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IF YOUR CO ALARM SOUNDS
REGULAR MAINTENANCE
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!
To keep the CO Alarm working properly:
IF THE ALARM SIGNAL SOUNDS:
1.
Operate the Test/Silence button.
2.
Call your emergency services, fire department or 911. Write down
the number of your local emergency service here:
4.
Test it every week as described in “Weekly Testing.”
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Vacuum the CO Alarm cover at least once a month, using the soft
brush attachment. Never use water, cleaners, or solvents, since they
may damage the unit. Test the Alarm again after vacuuming.
DO NOT spray cleaning chemicals or insect sprays directly on or
near the CO Alarm. DO NOT paint over the CO Alarm. Doing so may
cause permanent damage.
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3.
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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 CO Alarm remains in its
normal condition.
Household cleaners, aerosol chemicals and other contaminants can
affect the sensor. When using any of these materials near the CO Alarm,
make sure the room is well ventilated.
After following steps 1-3, if your 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:
If your home is being fumigated, unplug the unit temporarily and put it
where it will not be exposed to chemicals or fumes. When fumigation is
complete and all traces of fumes clear, plug the unit back in and retest it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
CO
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.
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These fuels include: Wood, coal, charcoal, oil, natural gas, gasoline,
kerosene, and propane.
“ALARM-MOVE TO FRESH AIR”
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.
If you hear the alarm horn and the red
light is flashing, move everyone to a
source of fresh air.
DO NOT unplug the CO Alarm!
SYMPTOMS OF CO POISONING
These symptoms are related to CO POISONING and should be discussed with ALL household members.
Alarms have various limitations. See "General Limitations of CO
Alarms" for details.
Mild Exposure:
Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (“flu-like” symptoms).
Medium Exposure:
Throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate.
USING THE SILENCE FEATURE
Extreme Exposure:
Convulsions, unconsciousness, heart and lung failure. Exposure to
carbon monoxide can cause brain damage, death.
The Silence Feature is intended to temporarily silence your CO Alarm’s
alarm horn while you correct the problem—it will not correct a CO problem. While the Alarm is silenced, it will continue to monitor the air for
CO.
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!
When CO reaches alarm levels, the Alarm will sound— repeating horn
pattern: 4 beeps, a pause, 4 beeps, etc. Press and hold the Test/Silence
button until the horn is silent. The Silence cycle will last approximately
4 minutes.
NOTE:
After 4-minute Silence cycle, the CO Alarm re-evaluates present CO
levels and responds accordingly. If CO levels remain potentially dangerous—or start rising higher—the horn will start sounding again.
The Silence Feature is for your convenience only and will not correct a CO problem. Always check your home for a potential problem
after any alarm. Failure to do so can result in injury or death.
FINDING THE SOURCE OF CO AFTER AN ALARM
NEVER unplug your CO Alarm to silence the horn. Use the silence
feature. Unplugging the CO Alarm removes your protection!
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:
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House well ventilated before the investigator arrives.
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Problem caused by “backdrafting.”
WEEKLY TESTING
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Transient CO problem caused by special circumstances.
Press the Test/Silence button on the Alarm cover until alarm sounds.
During testing, you will hear a loud alarm sequence – 4 beeps, pause,
4 beeps, pause.
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.
TESTING AND MAINTENANCE
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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.
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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.
•
NEVER use vehicle exhaust! Exhaust may cause permanent
damage and voids your warranty.
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UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES INC. UL2034
POTENTIAL SOURCES OF CO IN THE HOME
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. CO
levels are measured in parts per million (ppm) of CO over time (in minutes).
UL2034 Required Alarm Points*:
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If the alarm is exposed to 400 ppm of CO, IT MUST ALARM BETWEEN 4 and
15 MINUTES
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If the alarm is exposed to 150 ppm of CO, IT MUST ALARM BETWEEN 10 and
50 MINUTES.
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If the alarm is exposed to 70 ppm of CO, IT MUST ALARM BETWEEN 60 and
240 MINUTES.
* 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.
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.
Fuel-burning appliances like: portable heater, gas or wood burning
fireplace, gas kitchen range or cooktop, gas clothes dryer.
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.
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Improper use of appliance/device: operating a barbecue grill or vehicle
in an enclosed area (like a garage or screened porch).
Standards: Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Single and Multiple Station carbon
monoxide alarms UL2034.
Transient CO Problems: “transient” or on-again-off-again CO problems
can be caused by outdoor conditions and other special circumstances.
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.
The following conditions can result in transient CO situations:
1.
An exposure to 400 ppm of CO may cause headaches in average, healthy
adults after 35 minutes, but can cause death after 2 hours.
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.
Gas Detection at Typical Temperature and Humidity Ranges: The CO Alarm is
not formulated to detect CO levels below 30 ppm typically. UL tested for false alarm
resistance to Methane (500 ppm), Butane (300 ppm), Heptane (500 ppm), Ethyl
Acetate (200 ppm), Isopropyl Alcohol (200 ppm) and Carbon Dioxide (5000 ppm).
Values measure gas and vapor concentrations in parts per million.
• Several appliances running at the same time competing for limited
fresh air.
• Vent pipe connections vibrating loose from clothes dryers,
furnaces, or water heaters.
Audible Alarm: 85dB minimum at 10 feet (3 meters).
• Obstructions in or unconventional vent pipe designs which can
amplify the above situations.
2.
GENERAL LIMITATIONS OF CO ALARMS
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.
This 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 detectors must be met.
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.
CO alarms may not waken all individuals. If children or others do not readily
waken to the sound of the CO alarm, or if there are infants or family members with
mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event
of an emergency.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FAMILY?
CO Alarms will not work without power. This CO Alarm requires a continuous
supply of AC power. Plug into an unswitched 120V AC outlet only.
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.
CO Alarms for Solar or Wind Energy users and battery backup power systems:
AC powered CO Alarms should only be operated with true or pure sine wave inverters. Operating this CO 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.
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:
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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.
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Test and maintain all fuel-burning equipment annually. Many
local gas or oil companies and HVAC companies offer appliance
inspections for a nominal fee.
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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.
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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.
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Check the house or garage on the other side of shared wall.
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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.
This CO Alarm will not sense carbon monoxide that does not reach the sensor.
This CO Alarm will only sense CO at the sensor. CO may be present in other areas.
Doors or other obstructions may affect the rate at which CO reaches the CO Alarm.
For this reason, if bedroom doors are usually closed at night, we recommend you
install a CO Alarm in each bedroom and in the hallway between them.
CO Alarms may not sense CO on another level of the home. For example, a CO
Alarm on the second level, near the bedrooms, may not sense CO in the basement.
For this reason, one CO Alarm may not give adequate warning. Complete coverage
is recommended. Place CO Alarms on each level of the home.
CO Alarms may not be heard. The alarm horn loudness meets or exceeds current
UL standards of 85 dB at 10 feet (3 meters). However, if the 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 CO Alarm is not intended for people who
are hearing impaired.
CO Alarms are not a substitute for a smoke alarm. Although fire is a source of
carbon monoxide, this CO Alarm does not sense smoke or fire. This CO Alarm senses CO that may be escaping unnoticed from malfunctioning furnaces, appliances, or
other sources. Early warning of fire requires the installation of smoke alarms.
CO Alarms are not a substitute for life insurance. Though these CO Alarms warn
against increasing CO levels, BRK Brands, Inc. does not warrant or imply in any way
that they will protect lives from CO poisoning. Homeowners and renters must still
insure their lives.
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.
CO Alarms have a limited life. Although the 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 your CO Alarm weekly.
CO Alarms are not foolproof. Like all other electronic devices, CO Alarms have
limitations. They can only detect CO that reaches their sensors. They may not give
early warning to rising CO levels if the CO is coming from a remote part of the
home, away from the CO Alarm.
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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
PROBLEM...
THIS MEANS...
YOU SHOULD...
Red light is OFF. Unit will not alarm when you
press the Test/Silence button.
CO Alarms may not be plugged all the way in, or
is not receiving power.
Gently push unit all the way into outlet. Make sure
it is not plugged into an outlet controlled by a
switch.
Three rapid chirps every minute. Red light
FLASHES.
Malfunction. CO Alarm needs to be replaced.
Make sure unit is plugged in securely.
CO Alarms under warranty should be returned to
manufacturer for replacement. See “Limited
Warranty” for details.
CO Alarm goes back into alarm 4 minutes after
you press the Test/Silence button.
CO levels are still potentially dangerous.
Refer to “If Your CO Alarm Sounds” for details on
how to respond to an alarm. If anyone is feeling ill,
EVACUATE your home immediately.
CO Alarm sounds frequently even though no high
levels of CO are revealed in an investigation.
The CO Alarm may be improperly located. Refer
to “Where to Install CO Alarms.”
Relocate your Alarm. If frequent alarms continue,
have home rechecked for potential CO problems.
You may be experiencing an intermittent CO
problem.
If you have any questions that cannot be answered by reading this manual, call Consumer Affairs at 1-800-323-9005.
LIMITED WARRANTY
BRK Brands, Inc. ("BRK") the maker of First Alert® brand products, warrants that for a period of 5 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 to 5:00 PM, Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday. To assist in serving you,
please have the model number and date of purchase available when calling.
303 Nelson Avenue, Neosho, MO 64850-8806.
For your records, please record:
Date Purchased: ____________________________
Where Purchased: _________________________________
First Alert® is a registered trademark of the First Alert Trust.
Printed in Mexico M08-0085-001 S 07/04
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