Kidde KN-COSM-BCA User manual

Kidde KN-COSM-BCA User manual
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i n f o rmation. If you call our consumer hotline,
these are the first questions you will be asked:
Alarm Model Number (located on back of alarm):
Date of Manufacture (located on the back of the alarm ) :
Date of Purchase:
W h e re Purchased:
With 2-LED Display, HUSH® and Peak Level Memory
User’s Guide
For questions concerning your
Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm,
please call our Consumer Hotline at
Pyrene Corporation (a Kidde Company)
130 Esna Park Drive, Markham, ON L3R 1E3
Consumer Hotline: 1-800-880-6788
Custom Assembled in China with U.S. and Foreign Components.
U.S. Patents 6,160,487, 6,522,248 and 6,753,786.
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Thank you for purchasing the Kidde
Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Model # KN-COSM-BCA.
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
This alarm has a five-year limited warranty.
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-14
Please take a few minutes to thoroughly read this
user’s guide, and save for future reference. Teach
children how to respond to the alarms, and that they
should never play with the unit.
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-17
Alarm Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Alarm Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Battery Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Carbon Monoxide Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-23
Fire Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-26
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-29
Your Kidde Smoke/CO Alarm was designed to detect
both smoke and carbon monoxide from any source of
combustion in a residential environment. It is not
designed for use in a recreational vehicle (RV) or boat.
If you have any questions about the operation or
installation of your alarm, please call our toll free
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-880-6788.
The guide on page 25 will help you determine the
correct location of safety products that will help keep
your home a safer place.
Red LED Light
Green LED Light
Battery Placement
• Permanent independent smoke and carbon
monoxide sensors (ionization and electrochemical).
• Oversized test button for easy activation.
• Loud 85 decibel alarm.
• Alarm/Voice message warning system that specifies
which dangerous condition exists, eliminating any
confusion over which alarm is sounding:
FIRE: The alarm/voice pattern is 8 seconds of alarm
beeps followed by the verbal warning message,
“Fire! Feu!” This pattern is repeated until the smoke
is eliminated. The red LED light will flash while in
alarm/voice mode.
CARBON MONOXIDE: The alarm/voice pattern is four
short alarm beeps followed by the verbal warning
message, “Carbon Monoxide! Monoxyde de Carbone!”
This continues until the unit is reset or the CO
eliminated. After four minutes the alarm/voice
pattern will sound once every minute. The red
Light Emitting Diode (LED) light will flash while in
alarm/voice mode.
LOW BATTERY: When the batteries are low and need
replacing the red LED light will flash and the unit
will “chirp” one time, followed by the warn i n g
message, “Low Battery. Pile Faible!” This cycle will
occur once every minute for the first hour. After
the first hour the red LED light will continue to flash
every minute accompanied by the "chirp" only
sound. The voice message “ L ow Battery. Pile
Faible!” will sound once every fifteen minutes
during the “chirp” only cycle. This will continue for
at least seven days.
• One “chirp” every 30 seconds is an indication that
the alarm is malfunctioning. If this occurs call the
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-880-6788.
NOTE: After seven (7) years of cumulative power up,
this unit will "chirp" every 30 seconds. This is an
"operational end of life" feature which will indicate
4 that it is time to replace the alarm.
• Test button performs the following functions:
Tests the units electronics and verifies
proper unit operation
Resets the unit during CO alarm
Activates HUSH® Feature (see Page 16).
Peak Level Memory (See Page 17).
• Mounting bracket designed for easy orientation
of unit.
• Green and red LED lights that indicate normal
operation and alarm status.
Green Light: The green Light Emitting Diode (LED)
flashes every 30 seconds to indicate the unit is
operating properly, and once every 2 seconds to
indicate the unit is in HUSH® mode. The green
light also flashes before a CO reading is taken and
when any button is pressed.
Red Light: When a dangerous level of smoke or
carbon monoxide is detected the red Light Emitting
Diode (LED) will flash and the corresponding alarm
pattern (depending on the source) will sound. If
the unit malfunctions, the red LED light will flash
and the unit will chirp every 30 seconds indicating a
system problem.
• Powered by three (3) AA batteries.
• Battery lockout system that prohibits installation
without using three batteries.
• Smoke alarm takes precedence when both smoke
and carbon monoxide are present.
Smoke Alarm
The smoke alarm constantly monitors the air for
products of combustion that are produced when
something is burning or smoldering. When smoke
particles in the smoke sensor reach a specified
concentration, the alarm/voice message warning system
will sound, accompanied by the flashing red LED light.
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NOTE: The smoke alarm takes precedence when both
smoke and carbon monoxide are present.
This unit has a smoke sensor that uses the ionization
S m o ke alarms are devices that can provide early wa rning of
possible fires at a re a s o n able cost,however, a l a rms have
sensing limitations.
Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles
(associated with fast flaming fires) sooner than
photoelectric alarms.
Tamper Resist Feature
To make the Smoke/CO alarm tamper resistant, a
tamper resist feature has been provided. Activate the
tamper resist feature by breaking off the four posts in
the square holes in the mounting plate (see Figure 1A).
Rotate the alarm onto the mounting plate until you
hear the tamper resist tab snap into place, locking the
Using the tamper resist feature will help deter children
and others from removing the alarm. To remove the
alarm, press on the tamper resist tab, and rotate the
alarm off of the mounting plate (see Figure 1B).
Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible fire particles
(associated with slow smoldering fires) sooner than
ionization alarms.
Home fires develop in different ways and are often
unpre d i c t able. For maximum protection, Kidde recommends
both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed.
CAUTION: Smoke must reach the sensor to be detected.
Smoke alarms may not sense fires starting in chimneys,
walls, on roofs, on the other side of a closed door, or on a
different floor. The alarm may be unable to wake a sound
sleeper, or someone impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm
Installing Batteries
The carbon monoxide (CO) alarm constantly monitors the air
for the presence of CO. It will alarm when there are high
levels of CO present, and when there are low levels of CO
present over a longer period of time (see Page 20 for alarm
times). When a CO condition matches either of these
situations, the alarm/voice message warning system will
sound, accompanied by the flashing red LED light.
Batteries were not installed at the factory and must be
installed for the unit to operate! Install the three (3)
AA batteries in the back of the Smoke/CO Alarm.
• The mounting plate must be removed from the
back of the alarm to install batteries. To detach, twist
the mounting plate and the alarm in opposite
The carbon monoxide sensor uses an electrochemical
CAUTION: This alarm will only indicate the presence
of carbon monoxide gas at the sensor. Carbon monoxide
gas may be present in other areas.
This device is designed to protect individuals from the
acute effects of carbon monoxide exposure. It will not
fully safeguard individuals with specific medical
conditions. If in doubt consult a medical practitioner.
Installation of the device should not be used as a substitute for
proper installation, use, and maintenance of fuel-burn i n g
appliances, including appro p riate ventilation and exhaust
Individuals with medical problems may consider using
warning devices which provide audible and visual
signals for carbon monoxide concentrations under
30 ppm.
Never ignore the sound of an alarm!
Determining what type of alarm has sounded is easy
with the Combination Smoke/CO Alarm.
The voice message warning system will inform you of
the type of hazard occurring.
Batteries Must Be Installed in Order Shown Below:
• The battery polarity markings on the bottom of the
battery compartment must be adhered to.
• Batteries must be installed in the sequence shown.
If batteries seem difficult to install, they’re not being
installed in the proper sequence.
• Smoke/CO Alarm will not engage to bracket unless
all three batteries are installed. Removal of any or
all batteries will render the Smoke/CO Alarm
• After the batteries are correctly installed the unit
will beep once and the red LED light will flash.
After 20-30 seconds the green LED light will flash
indicating the unit is now operational.
WARNING - This product is intended for
use in ordinary indoor locations of family
living units. It is not designed to measure
compliance with commercial or
IMPORTANT:This alarm must be mounted on a ceiling
or wall. It was not designed for use as a tabletop device.
Install only as directed.
Kidde recommends the installation of a Smoke/CO
Alarm in the following locations. For maximum
protection we suggest an alarm be installed on each
level of a multilevel home, every bedroom, hallways,
finished attics and basements. Put alarms at both ends
of bedroom, hallway or large room if it is more than
30’. (9.1m) long. If you have only one alarm, ensure it
is placed in the hallway outside of the main sleeping
area, or in the main bedroom. Verify the alarm can be
heard in all sleeping areas.
Locate an alarm in every room where someone sleeps
with the door closed. The closed door may prevent an
alarm located outside that room from waking the
sleeper. Smoke, heat and combustion products rise to
the ceiling and spread horizontally. Mounting the
alarm on the ceiling in the center of the room places it
closest to all points in the room.
Ceiling mounting is preferred in ordinary residential
construction. When mounting an alarm on the ceiling,
locate it at a minimum of 4” (10cm) from the side wall
(see Diagram A). If installing the alarm on the wall,
use an inside wall with the top edge of the alarm at a
minimum of 4” (10cm) and a maximum of 12” (30.5cm)
below the ceiling (see Diagram A).
Sloped Ceilings
Locations To Avoid
The following information is from the National Fire
Protection Association and is listed in Fire Code 72.
Install Smoke Alarms on sloped, peaked or cathedral
ceilings at, or within 3’ (0.9m) of the highest point
(measured horizontally). Smoke alarms in rooms with
ceiling slopes greater than 1’ to 8’ (0.3m - 2.4 m)
horizontally should be located on the high side of the
room. Do not place the alarm in the peak of an “A”
frame type ceiling (see Diagram B)
WARNING: Do not install in garages, kitchens, furnace
rooms or bathrooms! Install at least 5’ (1.5 m) away
from any fuel burning appliance.
Mobile Homes
Modern mobile homes have been designed and built
to be energy efficient. Install Smoke/CO alarms as
recommended above. (Refer to Recommended
Installation Instructions and Diagram A).
In older mobile homes that are not well insulated,
extreme heat or cold can be transferred from the
outside to the inside through poorly insulated walls
and roof. This may cause a thermal barrier, which can
prevent smoke from reaching an alarm mounted on
the ceiling. In such mobile homes install your
Smoke/CO Alarm on an inside wall with the top edge
of the alarm at a minimum of 4” (10cm) and a
maximum of
12” (30.5cm) below the ceiling. (See Diagram A). If
you are not sure about the insulation in your mobile
home, or if you notice that the outer walls and ceiling
are either hot or cold, install your alarm on an inside
wall only!
Do not install within 3’ (.9m) of the following:
The door to a kitchen, or a bathroom that contains a
tub or shower, forced air supply ducts used for
heating or cooling, ceiling or whole house ventilating
fans, or other high air flow areas. Avoid excessively
dusty, dirty or greasy areas. Dust, grease or household
chemicals can contaminate the alarm’s sensors, causing
it to not operate properly.
Place the alarm where drapes or other objects will not
block the sensors. Smoke and CO must be able to
reach the sensors to accurately detect these conditions.
Do not install in peaks of vaulted ceilings, “A” frame
ceilings or gabled roofs. Keep out of damp and
humid areas. Do not place near a diaper pail.
Smoke alarms are not to be used with detector guards
unless the combination (alarm and guard) has been
evaluated and found suitable for that purpose.
When mounting
in a hallway, the
“A” line should
be parallel with
the hallway.
When wall mounting, the “A” line
should be horizontal.
Alignment Marks
Install at least 12" (30.5 cm) away from fluorescent lights
as electronic noise may cause nuisance alarms. Do not
place in direct sunlight and keep out of insect infested
areas. Extreme temperatures will effect the sensitivity of
the Smoke/CO Alarm. Do not install in areas where the
temperature is colder than 40°F (4.4°C) or hotter than
100°F (37.8°C), such as garages and unfinished attics.
Do not install in areas where the relative humidity (RH)
is greater than 85%. Place away from doors and
windows that open to the outside.
• To test: Press and release the Test/Reset button and
4 seconds of alarm will sound, followed by the
message “Fire! Feu!”, then another four short beeps
and the message “Carbon Monoxide! Monoxyde de
carbone!”, followed by 4 additional short beeps.
CAUTION: Your Smoke/CO Alarm is sealed and
the cover is NOT removable!
• To help identify the date to replace the unit, a label
has been affixed to the side of the alarm. Write the
“Replace by” date (7 years from power up) in
p e rmanent marker on the label. See “Alarm
Replacement” section for additional details.
• The mounting plate must be removed from the
back of the alarm to install. To detach, twist the
mounting plate and the alarm in opposite dire c t i o n s.
Hold the mounting plate against the selected
installation location (wall or ceiling) and mark the
center of the holes with a pencil.
• To ensure aesthetic alignment of the alarm with the
hallway, or wall, the “A” line on the mounting plate
should be parallel with the hallway when ceiling
mounting, or horizontal when wall mounting. Drill a
hole through the pencil marks and use the enclosed
screws and anchors to secure. Use 3/16” drill for
anchor holes. Align the Smoke/CO Alarm with the
mounting plate and rotate clockwise (right) until the
unit is aligned. Screw and anchor accessories are
The Test/Reset button has four purposes. It tests the
unit’s electronics, resets the alarm, activates the
HUSH® feature and activates the Peak Level memory
(See page 16-17).
CAUTION: Due to the loudness (85 decibels) of the
alarm, always stand an arms length away from the unit
when testing.
• Reset: If the CO alarm pattern is sounding,
pressing the Test/Reset button will silence the
alarm. If the CO condition that caused the alert
continues, the alarm will reactivate. Reactivation
times depend on the amount of smoke or CO
present. See page 18.
• Peak Level Memory: If 8 chirps are made when
pushing the Test/Teset button, the unit has detected
a CO level of 100 PPM or greater.
• HUSH®: If the smoke/CO Alarm is sounding a
smoke alarm, pressing the test/reset button will
temporarily silence the alarm. If the smoke level
continues to build, the alarm will reactivate. See
Page 16.
The unit needs to be tested weekly! If at anytime it
does not perform as described, verify the three
batteries are installed correctly and that they don’t
need replacing. Clean dust and other buildup off the
unit. If it still doesn’t operate properly call the
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-880-6788.
D e t e rmining what type of alarm has sounded is easy
with the Kidde Combination Smoke/CO Alarm. The
voice message warning system will inform you of the
type of situation occurring. Refer to the Feature s
section for a detailed description of each alarm pattern.
Peak Level Memory
HUSH® Control Feature
The HUSH® feature has the capability of temporarily
desensitizing the smoke alarm circuit for approximately
10 minutes. This feature is to be used only when a
known alarm condition, such as smoke from cooking,
activates the alarm. You can put your Smoke/CO Alarm
in HUSH® mode by pushing the test/reset button. If
the smoke is not too dense, the alarm will silence
immediately and the green LED will flash every 2
seconds for approximately 10 minutes. This indicates
that the smoke alarm is in a temporarily desensitized
condition. The unit will automatically reset after
approximately 10 minutes. When the unit re t u rns to
n o rmal operation after being in HUSH® mode the
a l a rm will sound if smoke is still present. The HUSH®
f e a t u re can be used repeatedly until the air has been
cleared of the condition causing the alarm. While the
unit is in HUSH® mode, pushing the test/reset button
on the alarm will also end the HUSH® period.
NOTE: Dense smoke will override the HUSH® control
feature and sound a continuous alarm.
CAUTION: Before using the alarm HUSH® feature,
identify the source of the smoke and be certain a safe
condition exists.
If the CO sensor has detected a CO level of 100 PPM
or higher since last reset, it will be recorded by the
Peak Level Memory function. To access the Peak Level
Memory press the test/reset button. If a reading of 100
PPM or higher has been recorded the unit will chirp 8
times. If you’ve been away from home this feature
allows you to check if there was a CO reading of 100,
or higher, during your absence. Pushing the test/reset
button resets the memory. It’s also reset when
batteries are removed.
Alarm Removal
If the tamper resist feature has been activated, refer to
tamper resist feature description on page 6 for removal
instructions. Remove the alarm from the mounting
plate by rotating the alarm in the direction of the
“OFF” arrow on the cover.
Alarm Replacement
Seven years after initial power-up, this unit will “chirp”
every 30 seconds to indicate that it is time to replace
the alarm. A label has been provided on the side of the
alarm that has “Replace by” printed on it. Write the
replace by date on the label. The date written on the
label should be after seven (7) years of cumulative
Battery Replacement
If any form of battery failure is detected the red LED
light will flash and the unit will “chirp” one time,
followed by the warning message “Low Battery! Pile
Faible!” This cycle will occur once every minute
for the first hour. After the first hour, the red LED
light will continue flashing accompanied by the chirp
only sound every 60 seconds. The voice message
“Low Battery! Pile Faible!” will sound once every
fifteen minutes during the chirp only cycle, and will
continue for at least seven days.
To keep your Smoke/CO Alarm in good working
order, please follow these simple steps:
If the red LED light flashes along with a chirp every 30
seconds, and is not followed by the voice message
“Low Battery! Pile Faible!” as described above, your
unit has malfunctioned. Call our toll free Consumer
Hotline at 1-800-880-6788 for instructions on how to
return the unit.
Refer to page 9 for information on installing the
batteries. Replace batteries with one of the following
approved brands:
Duracell MN1500 or MX1500
Energizer E91
These batteries can be purchased at your local retailer.
WARNING! Use only the batteries specified. Use of
different batteries may have a detrimental effect on the
Smoke/CO alarm.A good safety measure is to replace
the batteries twice a year, or at the same time you
change your clocks for daylight saving time.
Constant exposure to high or low humidity, or
temperature may reduce battery life.
• Verify the unit’s alarm, LED lights and battery operation
by pushing the Test/Reset button once a week.
• Remove the unit from mounting plate and vacuum
the alarm cover and vents with a soft brush
attachment once a month to remove dust and
• Never use detergents or other solvents to clean the unit.
• Avoid spraying air fresheners, hair spray, or other
aerosols near the Smoke/CO Alarm.
Do not paint the unit. Paint will seal the vents and
interfere with the sensor’s ability to detect smoke and
CO. Never attempt to disassemble the unit or clean
inside. This action will void your warranty.
Move the Smoke/CO Alarm to another location prior
to performing any of the following:
Staining or stripping wood floors or furniture
Wall papering
Using adhesives
Storing the unit in a plastic bag during any of the
above projects will protect the sensors from damage.
Do not place near a diaper pail.
WARNING! Reinstall the Smoke/CO Alarm as soon as
possible to assure continuous protection.
When household cleaning supplies or similar
contaminates are used, the area must be well
ventilated. The following substances can affect the
CO sensor and may cause false readings and damage
to the sensor: Methane, propane, iso-butane, isopropanol, ethyl acetate, hydrogen sulfide, sulfide
dioxides, alcohol based products, paints, thinner,
solvents, adhesives, hair spray, after shave,
perfume, and some cleaning agents.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon Monoxide Safety
General CO Information
The CO sensor meets the alarm response time
requirements as follows:
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odorless, and
tasteless poison gas that can be fatal when inhaled.
CO inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen.
At 70 PPM, the unit must alarm within 60-240 minutes.
At 150 PPM, the unit must alarm within 10-50 minutes.
At 400 PPM, the unit must alarm within 4-15 minutes.
Symptoms of CO Poisoning
The following symptoms are related to carbon
monoxide poisoning and should be discussed with
ALL members of the household:
1. Mild Exposure: Headaches, running nose, sore
eyes, often described as "flu"-like symptoms.
2. Medium Exposure: Dizziness, drowsiness,
3. Extreme Exposure: Unconsciousness, brain
damage, death.
The above levels of exposure relate to healthy adults.
Levels differ for those at high risk. Exposure to high
levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal or cause
permanent damage and disabilities. 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 effected.
Familiarization with the effects of each level is important.
Initial carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are similar
to the flu with no fever and can include dizziness,
severe headaches, nausea, vomiting and disorientation.
Everyone is susceptible but experts agree that unborn
babies, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with
heart or respiratory problems are especially vulnerable. I f
symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are experienced
seek medical attention immediately. CO poisoning can
be determined by a carboxyhemoglobin test.
NOTE:This carbon monoxide alarm is designed to detect
carbon monoxide gas from ANY source of combustion.
It is NOT designed to detect any other gas.
Fire departments, most utility companies and HVAC
contractors will perform CO inspections, some may
charge for this service. It’s advisable to inquire about
any applicable fees prior to having the service
performed. Kidde will not pay for, or reimburse, the
owner or user of this product, for any repair or
dispatch calls related to the alarm sounding.
Possible Sources of CO
CO can be produced when burning any fossil fuel,
such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil and wood.
It can be produced by any fuel-burning appliance that
is malfunctioning, improperly installed, or not
ventilated correctly, such as:
• Furnaces, gas ranges/stoves, gas clothes dryers,
water heaters, portable fuel burning space heaters,
fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and certain
swimming pool heaters.
• Blocked chimneys or flues, back drafting and
changes in air pressure, corroded or disconnected
vent pipes, loose or cracked furnace exchangers.
• Vehicles and other combustion engines running
in an open or closed garage, attached or near a
• Charcoal/gas grill or hibachis in an enclosed area.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon Monoxide Safety
The following conditions can result in transient CO
situations: Excessive spillage or reverse venting of
fuel-burning appliances caused by outdoor ambient
conditions such as:
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Procedure
• Wind direction and/or velocity, including high gusts
of wind, heavy air in the vent pipes (cold/humid air
with extended periods between cycles).
• Negative pressure resulting from the use of exhaust
• Simultaneous operation of several fuel-burning
appliances competing for limited internal 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.
• Extended operation of unvented fuel-burning
devices (range, oven, fireplace, etc.).
• Temperature inversions which can trap exhaust
gasses near the ground.
Every year, have the heating system, vents, chimney
and flue inspected and cleaned by a qualified
technician. Always install appliances according to
manufacturer’s instructions and adhere to local
building codes. Most appliances should be installed
by professionals and inspected after installation.
Regularly examine vents and chimneys for improper
connections, visible rust, or stains, and check for
cracks in furnace heat exchangers. Verify the colour
of flame on pilot lights and burners is blue. A yellow
or orange flame is a sign that the fuel is not burning
completely. Teach all household members what the
alarm sounds like and how to respond in an
WARNING: Actuation of the CO Alarm
indicates the presence of Carbon Monoxide
(CO) which can KILL YOU.
If alarm signal sounds 4 quick beeps, 5 seconds off:
1) Immediately move to fresh air - outdoors. Check
that all persons are accounted for. Do not re-enter
the premises until emergency services responders
have arrived, the premises have been aired out, and
your alarm remains in its normal operating condition.
2) Call your emergency local service
(fire deptartment or 911).
Never restart the source of a CO problem until it has
been corrected.
Fire Safety
Fire Safety
Escape Plan
Fire Prevention
Prepare and practice a home escape plan twice a year,
including drills at night. Know two ways out of every
room (door & window) and identify a meeting place
outside the home where everyone will gather once
they have exited the residence. When two people
have reached the meeting place, one should leave to
call 911 while the second person stays to account for
additional family members. Establish a rule that once
you’re out, you never re-enter under any circumstance!
Never smoke in bed, or leave cooking food
unattended. Teach children never to play with
matches or lighters! Train everyone in the home to
recognize the alarm pattern, voice message warnings
and to leave the home using an escape plan when it’s
heard. Know how to do Stop, Drop and Roll if clothes
catch on fire, and how to crawl low under smoke.
Install and maintain fire extinguishers on every level of
the home and in the kitchen, basement and garage.
Know how to use a fire extinguisher prior to an
emergency. Second level and higher occupied rooms
with windows, should have an escape ladder.
Smoke Alarm Procedure
Smoke alarms are designed to minimize false alarms.
Cigarette smoke will not normally set off the alarm,
unless it’s blown directly into the alarm. Combustion
particles from spills or broiling may set off the alarm if
located too close to the cooking area. If the alarm
sounds, check for fires first. If a fire is discovered
follow these steps. Become thoroughly familiar with
these steps, and review them with all your family
• Leave immediately using one of your planned escape
routes (see above).
• B e f o re opening inside doors look for smoke seeping
through the edges. Feel with the back of your hand
- if the door is hot use your second exit. If you feel
it’s safe, open the door very slowly and be prepared
to close it immediately if smoke and heat rush in.
• If the escape route requires going through smoke,
crawl low under the smoke where the air is clearer.
• Go to your pre d e t e rmined meeting place. When
two people have arrived one should leave to call
911 from a neighbour’s home, and the other should
stay to perf o rm a head count.
• Do not reenter under any circumstance until
fire officials give the go ahead.
Fire Extinguisher
Smoke Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
CO/ Smoke Alarm
Fire Safety
Additional Recommendations
5 Year Limited Warranty
Smoke alarms should be installed outside of each
separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the
bedrooms and on each additional story of the family
living unit including basements and excluding crawl
spaces and unfinished attics. In new construction, a
smoke alarm should be installed in each sleeping
room. Check with local o fficials for specific regulations
c o n c e rning your situation.
Kidde warrants that the enclosed alarm (but not the
battery/ies) will be free from defects in material and
workmanship or design under normal use and service
for a period of five years from the date of purchase.
The obligation of Kidde under this warranty is limited
to repairing or replacing the alarm or any part which
we find to be defective in material, workmanship or
design, free of charge, upon sending the alarm with
proof of date of purchase, postage and return postage
prepaid, to: Kidde, Customer Service Department, 130
Esna Park Drive, Markham ON L3R 1E3.
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. Additional areas include the
basement, bedrooms, dining room, furnace room, utility
room, and hallways not protected by the re q u i red 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.
Ionization type smoke alarms use a very small amount of
a radioactive element in the sensing chamber to enable
detection of visible and invisible combustion products.
The radioactive element is safely contained in the
chamber and requires no adjustments or maintenance.
This smoke alarm meets or exceeds all government
standards. It is manufactured and distributed under
license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
recommends the use of at least one CO Alarm per
household, located near the sleeping area.
This warranty shall not apply to the alarm if it has
been damaged, modified, abused or altered after the
date of purchase or if it fails to operate due to
improper maintenance or inadequate A.C. or D.C.
power. Any implied warranties arising out of this sale,
including but not limited to the implied warranties of
description,merchantability and fitness for a particular
purpose, are limited in duration to the above warranty
period. In no event shall the Manufacturer be liable
for loss of use of this product or for any indirect,
special, incidental or consequential damages, or costs,
or expenses incurred by the consumer or any other
user of this product, whether due to a breach of
contract, negligence, strict liability in tort or otherwise.
The Manufacturer shall have no liability for any
personal injury, property damage or any special,
incidental, contingent or consequential damage of any
kind resulting from gas leakage, fire or explosion.
Since some provinces do not allow limitations of the
duration of an implied warranty or do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, the above limitations or exclusions may not
apply to you. While this warranty gives you specific
legal rights, you may also have other rights which vary
from province to province.
Also, Kidde makes no warranty, express or implied,
written or oral, including that of merchantability or
fitness for any particular purpose, with respect to the
The above warranty may not be altered except in
writing signed by both parties hereto.
This Kidde Combination Smoke & CO Alarm is not a
substitute for property, fire, disability, life or other
insurance of any kind. Appropriate insurance
coverage is your responsibility. Consult your
insurance agent.
Removal of the front cover will void the warranty.
NOTE: This alarm is not intended to alert hearing
impaired individuals.
During the specified warranty period Kidde will repair
or replace, at its discretion any defective Kidde
Combination Smoke & CO Alarms that are returned in
a postage paid package to the following address:
Kidde, Customer Service Department, 130 Esna Park
Drive, Markham ON L3R 1E3. Please include your
name, address and phone number along with a brief
description of what is wrong with the unit. For further
assistance please call our toll free Consumer Hotline at
1-800-880-6788. Damage from neglect, abuse or failure
to adhere to any of the enclosed instructions will
result in termination of the warranty, and the unit will
not be replaced or repaired.
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