Photoelectric Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm User Guide

Photoelectric Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm User Guide
Photoelectric Smoke and
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
User Guide
Model: P3010CUCA
(with voice warning)
NOTE: This model is battery operated and features a non-replaceable,
sealed-in battery and Hush® to temporarily silence nuisance alarms.
10-year sealed lithium battery
ATTENTION: Please take a few minutes to thoroughly read
this User guide which should be saved for future reference
and passed on to any subsequent owner.
P/N 2555-7202-00-EN
What to do When the Alarm Sounds!
Carbon monoxide (CO) alarm pattern is 4 quick beeps
repeating every 5 seconds, followed by “Warning!
Carbon Monoxide! Monoxyde de carbone!”
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Procedure
WARNING: Activation of the CO Alarm
indicates the presence of Carbon Monoxide (CO)
which can kill you.
1) Immediately move to fresh air – outdoors or by an open
door/window. Do a head count to check that all persons are
accounted for. Do not re-enter 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) C
all your local emergency service.
(fire department or 911)
Never restart the source of a CO problem until it has
been corrected. Never ignore the sound of the alarm!
If the alarm is sounding, pressing the test/reset button
will terminate the alarm. If the CO condition that caused
the alert in the first place continues, the alarm will
reactivate. If the unit alarms again within six minutes, it
is sensing high levels of CO which can quickly become a
dangerous situation.
What to do When the Alarm Sounds!
Smoke alarm pattern is 3 long beeps, repeating,
followed by “Fire! Feu!”
The smoke alarm takes precedence when both smoke
and carbon monoxide are present.
Determining what type of alarm has sounded is easy with your
Combination Smoke/CO Alarm. The voice message warning system
will inform you of the type of situation occurring. Refer to the
Features section for a detailed description of each alarm pattern.
What To Do If The Alarm Sounds
When the smoke alarm sounds:
Smoke alarms are designed to minimize false alarms. Cigarette
smoke will not normally set off the alarm, unless the smoke is
blown directly into the alarm. This unit contains nuisance alarm
protection, which will reduce the impact of cooking particles.
However, large quantities of combustible particles from spills or
broiling could still cause the unit to alarm. Careful location of the
unit away from the kitchen area will give the maximum nuisance
alarm protection. Combustion particles from cooking may set off
the alarm if located too close to the cooking area. Large quantities
of combustible particles are generated from spills or when
broiling. Using the fan on a range hood which vents to the outside
(non- recirculating type) will also help remove these combustible
products from the kitchen.
If the alarm sounds, check for fires first. If a fire is discovered
follow these steps. Become thoroughly familiar with these items,
and review with all family members!
• Alert small children in the home. Children sleep very sound
and may not be awakened by the sound of the smoke
• Leave immediately using one of your planned escape routes.
Every second counts, don’t stop to get dressed or pick up
What to do When the Alarm Sounds!
Smoke alarm pattern is 3 long beeps, repeating,
followed by “Fire! Feu!”
• Before opening inside doors look for smoke seeping in
around the edges, and 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
immediately if smoke and heat rush in.
• If the escape route requires you to go through smoke, crawl
low under the smoke where the air is clearer.
• Go to your predetermined meeting place. When two people
have arrived one should leave to call 911 from a neighbor’s
home, and the other should stay to perform a head count.
• Do not reenter under any circumstance until fire
officials say that it is safe to do so.
• There are situations where a smoke alarm may not be
effective to protect against fire as noted by the NFPA
Standard 72. For instance:
- Smoking in bed
- Leaving children unsupervised
- Cleaning with flammable liquids, such as gasoline
- F ires where the victim is intimate with a flaming
initiated fire; for example, when a person’s clothes catch fire while cooking
- F ires where the smoke is prevented from reaching
the detector due to a closed door or other obstruction
- Incendiary fires where the fire grows so rapidly that
an occupant’s egress is blocked even with properly
located detectors
Contents of This User Guide
1. Introduction / Limitation of Alarms
2. Features
3. Recommended Locations
4. Locations To Avoid
5. Installation / Mounting Instructions
6. Operation And Testing
7. Visual And Audible Indications
8. Nuisance And Hush
9. Battery
10.Deactivation Of Alarm
11.General Carbon Monoxide (CO) Information
12.Cleaning Your Alarm
13.Good Safety Habits
1. Introduction
Model P3010CUCA
Thank you for purchasing this Kidde Combination Smoke/CO Alarm.
It is an important part of your family’s home safety plan. You can trust
this product to provide the highest quality safety protection. We know
you expect nothing less when the lives of your family are at stake.
Please take a few minutes to thoroughly read this alarm user guide,
and save it for future reference. Teach children how to respond to the
alarms, and that they should never play with the unit.
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.
Image 1C will help you determine the correct location of safety products
that will help make your home a safer place.
1. Introduction
IMPORTANT: Read all instructions before installation and keep
this user guide near the alarm for future reference.
Do not try to repair the smoke alarm yourself. Refer to the
instructions in Warranty section for service.
This alarm detects products of combustion using photoelectric
technology and carbon monoxide using an electrochemical cell. Many
times throughout this User Guide, we will refer to Carbon Monoxide as
This alarm is acceptable for use in all residential applications where a
smoke or CO alarm is required, but locations near kitchens or cooking
areas should be carefully considered to give the maximum nuisance
alarm protection.
After ten (10) years of cumulative power up, this unit will “chirp” two
times every 30 seconds. This is an “operational end of life” feature
which will indicate that it is time to replace the alarm.
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 (10 years from initial
power up) in permanent marker on the label prior to installing the unit.
1. Limitations of Smoke Alarms
• NFPA 72 states: Life safety from fire in residential occupancies is based
primarily on early notification to occupants of the need to escape,
followed by the appropriate egress actions by those occupants.
• Fire warning systems for dwelling units are capable of protecting about
half of the occupants in potentially fatal fires. Victims are often intimate
with the fire, too old or young, or physically or mentally impaired such
that they cannot escape even when warned early enough that escape
should be possible. For these people, other strategies such as protectionin-place or assisted escape or rescue are necessary.
• Leading authorities recommend that both ionization and photoelectric
smoke alarms be installed to help ensure maximum detection of
the various types of fires that can occur within the home. Ionization
sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with
fast flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric
sensing alarms may detect visible fire particles (associated with slow
smouldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms.
• A battery powered alarm must have a battery of the specified type,
in good condition and installed properly.
• Smoke alarms must be tested regularly to make sure the battery and
the alarm circuits are in good operating condition.
• Smoke alarms cannot provide an alarm if smoke does not reach
the alarm. Therefore, 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.
• If the alarm is located outside the bedroom or on a different floor, it
may not wake up a sound sleeper.
• The use of alcohol or drugs may also impair one’s ability to hear the
smoke alarm. For maximum protection, a smoke alarm should be
installed in each sleeping area on every level of a home.
• Although smoke alarms can help save lives by providing an early
warning of a fire, they are not a substitute for an insurance policy.
Home owners, landlords and tenants should have adequate insurance
to protect their lives and property.
This alarm is not intended to alert hearing impaired individuals.
1. Limitations of CO Alarms
• IMPORTANT: 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.
! CAUTION: This alarm will only indicate the presence of carbon
monoxide gas at the sensor. Carbon monoxide gas may be present
in other areas. Never restart the source of a CO problem until it has
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 industrial standards. It
is not suitable for installation in hazardous locations as defined
in your local building code.
• The installation of this device should not be used as a substitute for
proper installation, use and maintenance of fuel burning appliances,
including appropriate ventilation and exhaust systems.
• This alarm does not prevent CO from occurring, nor can it solve any
existing CO problem.
WARNING: This device is designed to protect individuals
from acute effects of carbon monoxide exposure. It may not
fully safeguard individuals with specific medical conditions.
If in doubt, consult a medical practitioner. Individuals with
medical problems may consider using warning devices which
provide audible and visual signals for carbon monoxide
concentrations under 30 PPM.
• This alarm has not been investigated for carbon monoxide detection
below 70 PPM.
• This carbon monoxide alarm requires a continuous supply of electrical
power – it will not work without power.
2. Features
• Loud 85 decibel alarm.
• Independent smoke and carbon monoxide sensors.
• Smoke alarm takes precedence when both smoke and carbon
monoxide are present.
• Powered by a sealed 3 V lithium battery, which will last the life of
the alarm. No need to replace batteries.
• Alarm/Voice message warning system that alerts you of the
following conditions in the manner described below, thus
eliminating any confusion over which alarm is sounding:
• FIRE: The alarm/voice pattern is three long 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 “WARNING!
until the unit is reset or the CO is eliminated. While powered by
battery only, 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: If the battery is low, the red LED light will flash
and the unit will “chirp” one time, followed by the warning
message “LOW BATTERY! PILE FAIBLE!.” This alarm contains a
sealed 3V Lithium battery, which will last the life of the alarm. No
need to replace batteries. This cycle will occur once every minute
and will continue for at least seven days. Under battery power,
the “LOW BATTERY! PILE FAIBLE!” voice only occurs once every
15 minutes.
2. Features
• Voice Message System that alerts user to the following conditions:
– Only for smoke alarm Hush
ACTIVÉ.” when the unit is first put into HUSH Mode.
– Only for smoke alarm Hush
ANNULÉ.” when unit resumes normal operation after Hush
Mode has been cancelled.
– Only if button is pushed
detected CO concentrations of 100 ppm or higher.
BOUTON D’ESSAI.” when the unit is powered up, reminding user
to activate the Test Button.
• The End of Product Life Alarm / Signal is a double chirp and red LED
flash every 30 seconds.
• End of Life Hush. At end of product life, the button can be pushed
to silence the end of life “chirps” for 3 days. Can be used 10 times
within 30 days.
• One “chirp” every 30 seconds coupled with an LED flash twice
a second is an indication that the alarm is malfunctioning. If this
occurs call the Product Support Line at 1-800-880-6788.
• Test/Reset button performs functions.
• HUSH Control Feature that silences the unit during nuisance alarm
• Peak Level Memory Feature which alerts user when the unit has
detected CO concentrations of 100 ppm or greater.
• Alarm Memory Feature that gives visual indication when an alarm
has sensed a hazardous condition.
• LED light indicates normal operation and alarm status.
3. Recommended Locations
Locate the first alarm in the immediate area of the bedrooms.
Try to monitor the exit path, as the bedrooms are usually
farthest from the exit. If more than one sleeping area exists,
locate additional alarms in each sleeping area (Image 1A).
Locate additional alarms to monitor any stairway as stairways act
like chimneys for smoke and heat.
Locate at least one alarm on every floor level (Image 1B).
Locate an alarm in every Sleeping Room.
Locate an alarm in every room where electrical appliances are
operated (i.e. portable heaters or humidifiers).
Locate an alarm in every room where someone sleeps with the
door closed. The closed door may prevent an alarm not located
in that room from waking the sleeper.
Smoke, heat, and combustion products rise to the ceiling and
spread horizontally. Mounting the smoke 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 10 cm (4”) from the side wall (Image 2A).
When mounting the alarm on the wall, use an inside wall with
the top edge of the alarm at a minimum of 10 cm (4”) and a
maximum of 30.5 cm (12”) below the ceiling (Image 2A).
Put smoke alarms at both ends of a bedroom hallway or large
room if the hallway or room is more than 9.1 m (30’) long.
For mobile home installation, select locations carefully to avoid
thermal barriers that may form at the ceiling. For more details,
see Mobile Homes.
Install smoke alarms on sloped, peaked or cathedral ceilings
following the mounting guidelines outlined in image 2B and 2C.
Smoke alarms in rooms with ceiling slopes greater than 0.3 m in
2.4 m (1 foot in 8 feet) horizontally shall be located on the high
side of the room (Image 2B and 2C).
3. Recommended Locations
Install Smoke Alarms on tray-shaped ceilings (coffered ceilings) on
the highest portion of the ceiling or on the sloped portion of the
ceiling within 30.5 cm (12”) vertically down from the highest point
(Image 2D).
Required Smoke or Smoke / CO Alarms
Smoke Alarms for Additional Protection
Ionization Type Smoke Alarm with
Hush® Control or Photoelectric Type
3. Recommended Locations
10 cm (4”)
10 cm (4”)
30.5 cm (12”)
0.9 m (3’)
0.9 m (3’)
0.9 m (3’)
30 cm (12”)
4. Locations to Avoid
Do not install within 0.9 m (3’) 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.
Do not place the alarm where drapes or other objects will block
the sensor. Smoke must be able to reach the sensor to accurately
detect conditions.
Do not install in peaks of vaulted ceilings. In this area install as
shown in images 2B and 2C.
Install at least 30.5 cm (12”) away from fluorescent lights as
electronic noise may cause nuisance alarms.
Keep out of insect infested areas. Avoid excessively dusty, dirty or
greasy areas. Dust particles may cause nuisance alarms or failure
to alarm.
Extreme temperatures may affect the sensitivity of the alarm.
Do not install in areas where the temperature is colder than
4.4°C (40°F) or hotter than 37.8°C (100°F), such as garages and
unfinished attics.
Do not install in areas where the relative humidity (RH) is greater
than 95%. Very humid areas, with moisture or steam, can cause
nuisance alarms.
Normal cooking may cause nuisance alarms. If a kitchen alarm
is desired, it should have an alarm silence feature or be a
photoelectric type.
Do not place in the garage. Particles of combustion and CO are
present when you start your automobile.
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.
Do not install within 5 ft of heating or cooking appliances.
5. Installation / Mounting Instructions
Mobile Homes
Modern mobile homes have been designed to be energy efficient. Install
smoke alarms as recommended in Recommended Locations and
Image 2A.
In older mobile homes that are not well insulated compared to present
standards, extreme heat or cold can be transferred from the outside
to the inside through poorly insulated walls and roof. This may create
a thermal barrier that can prevent the smoke from reaching an alarm
mounted on the ceiling. In such units, install the smoke alarm on an
inside wall with the top edge of the alarm at a minimum of 10 cm (4”)
and a maximum of 30.5 cm (12”) below the ceiling (Image 2A).
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 the
alarm on an inside wall. For minimum protection, install at least one
alarm close to the bedrooms. For additional protection, see Image 1A.
WARNING: Test your smoke alarm operation after R.V. or
mobile home vehicle has been in storage, before each trip and at
least once a week during use.
Attaching Mounting Plate
Easy Mount – Drywall Only
(2 places)
1. Choose a mounting location
(wall or ceiling) and drill a 3/16”
diameter hole at least 1/2” deep.
2. Insert the provided screw
through the mounting plate
aligning the ribs on the screw
with the slots on the mounting
3. Tighten the screw/mounting
plate to wall or ceiling until
mounting plate is snug against
surface. DO NOT over-tighten.
Mounting Option 1
5. Installation / Mounting Instructions
Mounting on Other Surfaces
1. Choose a mounting location (wall
or ceiling) and using the mounting
plate provided as a template, mark
three-hole locations.
2. Install the three provided screws
through the mounting plate and
tighten. DO NOT over-tighten
screws. (If mounting in plasterboard
or similar surface, drill 3/16”
holes and use the plastic anchors
provided.) Anchors are not required
for mounting on hard surfaces such
as wood.
Mounting Option 2
Attaching And Activating The Alarm
This model is equipped with a feature that automatically activates the
alarm when the alarm is attached to the mounting plate for the first
time. Once activated, the battery will supply power to the alarm for the
life of the alarm (10 years) under normal conditions.
Align the alarm with the mounting plate and rotate clockwise (right)
approximately 45 degrees until the unit stops and clicks into place.
DO NOT over-tighten. If unit needs to be re-aligned, rotate the alarm
counter clockwise, remove and rotate to desired alignment. NOTE: The
alarm will mount to the plate in three (3) positions (every 120 degrees).
You will know power has been supplied when alarm briefly chirps.
Unit will remain on until unit is deactivated (turned off) by the user at
alarm’s end of life. Do not over tighten the alarm as damage to alarm or
mounting surface may occur.
The alarm is now activated! This alarm will issue a voice prompt at
activation asking the user to press the test button. After installation/
activation, test your alarm as described in Operation and Testing section.
Warning: Failure to properly install and activate this alarm
will prevent proper operation of this alarm and will
prevent its response to fire hazards.
6. Operation And Testing
OPERATION: The alarm is operating once it is activated and testing is
The photoelectric smoke sensor monitors the air for the presence of
products of combustion. When these levels exceed the alarm threshold
the alarm will sound, and be accompanied by the blinking red LED light,
followed by a voice message.
The carbon monoxide (CO) sensor 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. When a CO
condition matches either of these situations, the alarm will sound, and be
accompanied by the blinking red LED light, followed by a voice message.
The CO sensor meets the alarm response time as follows:
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.
TESTING: Test your alarm by pressing the test button until the unit
chirps, then release the test button. The unit will then emit 2 sets of
three slow beeps followed by 2 sets of four quick beeps and a voice
prompt stating “Fire! Feu! Warning! Carbon Monoxide! Monoxyde de
carbone!” indicating that the alarm is operating normally. The alarm will
sound if the electronic circuitry, horn, and battery are working. If the
alarm does not sound, the unit must be replaced.
Warning: Due to the loudness (85 decibels) of the alarm,
always stand an arm’s length (about 2.5 feet) away from the unit
or use ear protection when testing.
Weekly testing is required to ensure proper operation. Erratic or
low volume sound (or no sound) coming from your alarm may indicate
a defective alarm and it should be returned for service. See deactivation
section to determine how to prepare the unit for shipment or disposal.
Warning: DO NOT use an open flame to test your alarm, you
could damage the alarm or ignite combustible materials and start a
structure fire.
7. Alarm Visual and Audible Indicators
The following table describes the visual and audible alarm conditions
the unit may encounter and illustrates how the unit will indicate normal
standby, alarm and error conditions.
Smoke or Fire
3 blinks
with audible
3 long beeps, voice message “Fire! Feu!”, 3 long
beeps repeating.
4 blinks
with audible
4 quick beeps, voice message “Warning!
Carbon Monoxide! Monoxyde de carbone!”,
repeating(First 4-5 minutes - The repeating
pattern is 4 quick beeps, “Warning! Carbon
Monoxide! Monoxyde de carbone!”, 4 quick
beeps. After 4-5 minutes, the pattern is 4 quick
beeps, “Warning! Carbon Monoxide! Monoxyde
de carbone!” once every minute).
Blink once
60 seconds
LED will flash
every 60 seconds
for 10 minutes
following power on
or reset. After initial
10 minutes, LED will
flash once every
10 minutes
Button Press
Blink with each
alarm pattern
Two sets of 3 long
beeps with voice “Fire!
Feu!” and two sets
of 4 quick beeps with
voice “Warning! Carbon
Monoxide! Monoxyde de
Test/Hush button
press will initiate test
Smoke Alarm
Blink once
10 seconds
Voice message “Hush mode
activated. Mode Hush
activé.” (The voice message
“Hush Mode Cancelled.
Mode Hush annulé.” occurs
if: 1. The button is pushed
again, and the smoke level is
below the Alarm level. 2. The
Hush mode timer expires,
(approximately 9 minutes),
and the smoke level is below
the Alarm level.)
Alarm hush feature
silences smoke alarm
for approximately
9 minutes.
7. Alarm Visual and Audible Indicators
Low Battery
Blink once
30 seconds
Fault Mode
Fault code
Chirp every
(2-12 flashes
30 seconds
During Low Battery mode, Remove alarm,
the red LED will blink
deactivate (turn off),
every 30 seconds and the
replace within 7 days!
sounder will chirp every
60 seconds followed by
the voice message “Low
Battery. Pile faible.” After
5 minutes, the red LED
will continue to blink
every 30 seconds and the
sounder will continue to
chirp every 60 seconds,
but the voice message
will change to once
every 15 minutes. After
60 minutes, (1 hour), of
Low Battery mode, the red
LED will continue to blink
every 30 seconds and the
sounder will continue to
chirp every 60 seconds,
but the voice message will
no longer occur.
Call Product Support. If
fault continues, remove
alarm, deactivate (turn
off), replace.
End of Unit Life 2 blinks every
30 seconds
2 chirps every
30 seconds
Remove alarm,
deactivate (turn off),
End of Unit Life None
None (End of Life chirps
Silences EOL chirps for
3 days. Can be used
10 times within 30 days.
If you require further information please contact Product Support at
1-800-880-6788 or write us at: Kidde Canada Inc., P.O. Box 40, Apsley, ON
K0L 1A0 or visit us on the web at
8. Nuisance and Hush
This smoke alarm is designed to minimize nuisance alarms. Cigarette smoke
will not normally cause the unit to alarm, unless the smoke is blown directly
into the alarm. Combustion particles from cooking may set off the alarm if it
is located too close to a cooking appliance. Large quantities of combustible
particles are generated from spills or when broiling. Using the fan on a range
hood which vents to the outside (non-recirculating type) will also help remove
these combustible products from the kitchen.
If the source of a smoke alarm (3 long beeps with the voice message “Fire!
Feu!”) is immediately known, you can use the Hush feature to silence the
alarm for about 9 minutes. If no fire is present, check to see if one of the
reasons listed in “Locations to avoid” may have caused the alarm. If a fire
is discovered, get out and call the fire department.
8. Nuisance and Hush
Hush® Control: Hush® control is extremely useful in a kitchen area
or other area prone to nuisance alarms. The Hush® feature has the
capability of temporarily desensitizing the alarm circuit for approximately
9 minutes.
This feature is to be used only when a known alarm condition, such as
smoke from cooking, activates the alarm. Pushing the Test / Hush button on the smoke alarm cover will issue a voice prompt stating “Hush
Mode Activated. Mode Hush activé.” and desensitize the smoke alarm.
If the smoke is not too dense, the alarm will silence immediately and
the red LED will blink every 10 seconds. This indicates that the alarm is
in a temporarily desensitized condition.
The smoke alarm will automatically reset after approximately
9 minutes and sound the alarm and issue a voice prompt stating “Fire!
Feu!” if particles of combustion are still present.
The Hush® feature can be used repeatedly until the air has been cleared
of the condition causing the alarm. Pushing the Test/Hush button during
Hush® mode on the alarm will issue a voice prompt stating “Hush Mode
Cancelled. Mode Hush annulé.”and end the temporarily desensitized
Voice message, “Hush Mode Cancelled. Mode Hush annulé”, is
announced by one of the following conditions:
1. T he user cancels Hush mode by pressing the Test button while
Hush® mode is active and the smoke level is below the alarm
2. T he Hush mode timer expires, (approximately 9 minutes) and the
smoke level is still below the Alarm Threshold.
Note: If the smoke level drops below the Alarm Threshold while in
Hush mode, no voice message occurs.
If the smoke is not too dense, after 9 minutes the alarm will return to
normal operation.
NOTE: Dense smoke will override the Hush® feature and sound a
continuous alarm.
! CAUTION: Before using the alarm Hush® feature, identify the
source of the smoke and be certain safe conditions exist.
9. Battery
NOTE: One Lithium-Ion battery, permanently sealed inside the alarm,
powers this unit; no battery installation or replacement is necessary for
the life of the alarm.
IMPORTANT: Constant exposure to high or low humidity may reduce
battery life.
Do not try to repair the smoke alarm yourself. No serviceable parts
Low battery: This alarm is equipped with a low battery monitor
circuit which will cause the alarm to produce a single “chirp”
approximately every 60 seconds and blink the Red LED every
30 seconds, for a minimum of seven (7) days should the battery
become low.
The unit must be replaced within 7 days of the first occurrence
of the “Low Battery Warning” to provide continuous alarm
protection. The UNIT MUST BE DEACTIVATED (see “Deactivation
of Alarm” section) prior to disposing.
10. Deactivation of Alarm
• Deactivation of the alarm is permanent. Once the alarm has
been deactivated, it cannot be reactivated!
• Once deactivated, the alarm will NO LONGER DETECT
• Once the alarm is deactivated the battery will be depleted
and the alarm will no longer function.
• Once the alarm has been deactivated, it cannot be mounted
onto the mounting plate or reactivated.
To Deactivate The Alarm:
Remove the alarm from the
mounting plate by rotating it in the
direction indicated by the arrows
on the cover of the alarm.
On back side of alarm, locate the
area on product label.
Break through label with a
screw driver.
Turn the screw to the “OFF”
location. This will deactivate the
alarm, stop the low battery or End
of Life “chirps” and render the
alarm safe for disposal by draining
the battery.
WARNING! Failure to deactivate alarm as instructed prior to
disposal may create potential for lithium battery related fire or
11. General Carbon Monoxide (CO) Information
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless poison gas
that can be fatal when inhaled. CO inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry
Possible Sources Of Carbon Monoxide
Inside your home, appliances used for heating and cooking are the
most likely sources of CO. Vehicles running in attached garages can also
produce dangerous levels of CO.
CO can be produced when burning any fossil fuel: 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:
Possible sources include 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, or a loose or cracked furnace exchanger
can also release CO into your building. Vehicles and other combustion
engines running in an attached garage and using a charcoal/gas grill or
hibachi in an enclosed area are all possible sources of CO.
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: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 differential
resulting from the use of exhaust fans, 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 fuelburning devices (range, oven, fireplace, etc.), temperature inversions
which can trap exhaust gasses near the ground, car idling in an open or
closed attached garage, or near a home.
11. General Carbon Monoxide (CO) Information
CO Safety Tips
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 that the color of flame is blue on
pilot lights and burners. A yellow or orange flame is a sign that the
fuel is not burning completely and may be releasing CO. Teach all
household members what the alarm sounds like and how to respond. 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.
Symptoms of CO Poisoning
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. If symptoms of carbon
monoxide poisoning are experienced seek medical attention immediately.
CO poisoning can be determined by a carboxyhemoglobin test.
The following symptoms are related to CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
and should be discussed with ALL members of the household:
1. Mild Exposure: Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (often
described as “Flu-like” symptoms).
2. Medium Exposure: Severe throbbing headache, drowsiness,
confusion, fast heart rate.
3. Extreme Exposure: Unconsciousness, convulsions, cardio
respiratory failure and death.
11. General Carbon Monoxide (CO) Information
The levels of exposure listed on the previous page, 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 feeling 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.
12. Cleaning Your Alarm
Your alarm should be cleaned at least once a year
You can clean the interior of your alarm (sensing chamber) by using
compressed air or a vacuum cleaner hose and blowing or vacuuming
through the openings around the perimeter of the alarm. The outside of
the alarm can be wiped with a damp cloth. Use only water to dampen
the cloth, use of detergents or cleaners could damage the alarm.
After cleaning, test your alarm by using the test button. If cleaning does
not restore the alarm to normal operation, the alarm should be replaced.
• Never use detergent or other solvents to clean the unit.
• A
void spraying air freshener, hair spray, or other aerosols near
the 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.
• The following substances can affect the CO sensor and may
cause false readings and damage to the sensor: Methane,
propane, isobutane, iso-propanol, ethyl acetate, hydrogen
sulfide, sulfide dioxides, alcohol based products, paints, thinner,
solvents, adhesives, hair spray, after shave, perfume, and some
cleaning agents.
12. Cleaning Your Alarm
• Move the Smoke/CO Alarm and place in another location prior
to performing any of the following:
• Staining or stripping wood floors or furniture
• Painting
• Wall papering
• Using adhesives
Storing the unit in a plastic bag during any of the above projects will
protect the sensors from damage. When household cleaning supplies or
similar contaminates are used, the area must be well ventilated.
WARNING: Reinstall the Smoke/CO Alarm as soon as possible
to assure continuous protection.
13. Good Safety Habits
Develop and practice a plan of escape!
Install and maintain fire extinguishers on every level of the home
and in the kitchen, basement and garage. Know how to use the
fire extinguisher prior to an emergency.
Make a floor plan indicating all doors and windows and at least
two (2) escape routes from each room. Second-storey windows
may need an escape ladder.
Have a family meeting and discuss your escape plan, showing
everyone what to do in case of fire.
Determine a place outside your home where you all can meet if a
fire occurs.
Familiarize everyone with the sound of the smoke and CO alarm
and train them to leave your home when they hear it.
Practice a fire drill at least every six months, including fire drills at
night. Ensure that small children hear the alarm and wake when
it sounds. They must wake up in order to execute the escape
plan. Practice allows all occupants to test your plan before an
emergency. You may not be able to reach your children. It is
important they know what to do.
13. Good Safety Habits
Current studies have shown smoke alarms may not awaken all
sleeping individuals, and that it is the responsibility of individuals
in the household that are capable of assisting others to provide
assistance to those who may not be awakened by the alarm
sound, or to those who may be incapable of safely evacuating the
area unassisted.
Alarm Exit Procedure
Leave immediately by your escape plan. Every second counts, so
don’t waste time getting dressed or picking up valuables.
In leaving, don’t open any inside door without first feeling its
surface. If hot, or if you see smoke seeping through cracks, don’t
open that door! Instead, use your alternate exit. If the inside of
the door is cool, place your shoulder against it, open it slightly and
be ready to slam it shut if heat and smoke rush in.
Stay close to the floor if the air is smokey. If possible do not
breathe too deeply to avoid smoke inhalation. Breathe through a
cloth (preferably wet) if possible.
Once outside, go to your selected meeting place and make sure
everyone is there.
Call the fire department from your neighbor’s home - not from
Don’t return to your home until the fire officials say that it is all
right to do so.
There are situations where a smoke alarm may not be effective to
protect against fire. For instance:
a) smoking in bed
b) leaving children home alone
c) cleaning with flammable liquids, such as gasoline
d) fires where the victim is intimate with a flaming initiated fire; for
example, when a person’s clothes catch fire while cooking
e) fires where the smoke is prevented from reaching the detector due to a closed door or other obstruction
f) incendiary fires where the fire grows so rapidly that an occupant’s
egress is blocked even with properly located detectors
13. Good Safety Habits
Additional Recommendations
The National Fire Protection Association’s Standard 72 provides the
following information:
Where required by other governing laws, codes, or standards for a
specific type of occupancy, approved single and multiple-station smoke
alarms shall be installed as follows:
1. In all sleeping rooms and guest rooms
2. Outside of each separate dwelling unit sleeping area, within
6.4 m (21’) of any door to a sleeping room, with the distance
measured along a path of travel
3. On every level of a dwelling unit, including basements
4. On every level of a residential board and care occupancy (small
facility), including basements and excluding crawl spaces and
unfinished attics
5. In the living area(s) of a guest suite
6. In the living area(s) of a residential board and care occupancy
(small facility)
Smoke Detection - Are More Smoke Alarms Desirable?
Required number of smoke alarms (as shown in Image 1A and Image
1B): 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 the smoke alarms in the kitchen, attic
(finished or unfinished), or garage is normally not recommended, as
these locations occasionally experience conditions that can result in
improper operation.
Alarms should be installed in accordance with the National Fire Protection
Association’s Standard 72 (NFPA, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269).
Notify your local fire department and insurance company of your smoke
alarm installation.
14. Warranty
TEN Year Limited Warranty
If after reviewing this user guide you feel that your alarm is defective in any way, do
not tamper with the unit. In many cases, the quickest way to exchange your alarm is to
return it to the original place of purchase. Alternatively, you may return it for servicing
to Kidde. If you have questions, call Kidde Customer Service at 1-800-880-6788.
Kidde warrants that the enclosed alarm will be free from defects in material and
workmanship or design under normal use and service for a period of ten 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 Canada Inc., P.O. Box 40, Apsley, ON
K0L 1A0.
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 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. The above warranty may not be altered except in writing signed by both
parties hereto.
IMPORTANT: Do not remove unit back cover. Back cover removal will void
warranty. Your Kidde smoke alarm is not a substitute for property, disability, life or
other insurance of any kind. Appropriate insurance coverage is your responsibility.
Consult your insurance agent.
Kidde Canada Inc., P.O. Box 40, Apsley, ON K0L 1A0
Call our Consumer Hotline at 1-800-880-6788 or contact
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