FSB-210 Series Smoke Detector
Installation and Operating Instructions
Read this instruction sheet thoroughly before installation and use of the FSB-210 Series Smoke Detector
This Installation Sheet must be used in conjunction with the appropriate Alarm Controller Installation Manual.
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Control Panel Compatibility
FSB-210 smoke detectors are addressable system detectors that are only for use with DSC fire and security control panels equipped with the compatible interface. The
FSB-210 smoke detectors cannot be used with a standard
2-wire smoke detector interface. Any standard 2-wire
smoke detector, including the DSC FSA Series, will not
operate on an addressable circuit. The FSB-210 series and
the FSA Series are not compatible, interchangeable or
The addressable interfaces have a proprietary power and
signaling system. Voltage ratings are not indicative of
compatibility. The current rating is provided for circuit
loading calculations only. Please refer to the control panel
information for details on the installation of addressable
FSB-210 detectors are compatible with the following control units:
• PC5010/PC5015/PC5020/PC5020CF v2.x with PC5100
interface module. Maximum 32 detectors can be
• PC4010/PC4010CF/PC4020/PC4020CF v3.x. Maximum
112 detectors can be installed.
Approximately every 7 to 8 seconds the unit tests for a
smoke or heat alarm condition. During this sequence the
unit also performs self diagnostics, and checks for faults.
During normal operation the LED will flash every 50 seconds.
Smoke Alarm
The smoke detector has a nominal fixed alarm sensitivity
(refer to the Specifications section on the back page) and
it will go into alarm when the signal level exceeds the
'alarm' threshold and send the alarm signal to the control
panel. During an alarm the LED will flash every second.
Smoke - Drift Compensation
The detector automatically compensates for long-term
environmentally induced changes to maintain a constant
smoke sensitivity. When the drift compensation has
reached its high or low limit of adjustment, the detector
will go into the trouble state.
Heat Alarm
The heat detector will go into alarm when the heat signal
level exceeds the heat alarm threshold (135ºF/57ºC); and
send the alarm signal to the control panel. During an
alarm the LED will flash every second.
Alarm Indications
Normal/Sensitivity in Production Range
Flash 1/50s
Alarm Smoke/Heat
Flash 1/1s
Low Power Trouble
Other Fault/Trouble
Smoke Test - Failed
Installer Instructions
1. Smoke Detector Placement
On smooth ceilings, detectors
may be spaced 9.1m (30ft)
apart as a guide. Other spacing may be required depending on ceiling height, air
movement, the presence of
joists, uninsulated ceilings,
etc. Consult National Fire
Alarm Code NFPA 72, Chapter 11 or other appropriate
national standards for installation recommendations.
• Do NOT locate smoke detectors at the top of peaked or
gabled ceilings; the dead air space in these locations may
prevent the unit from detecting smoke. Avoid areas with
turbulent air flow, (near doors, fans or windows). Rapid
air movement around the detector may prevent smoke
from entering the unit.
• Do NOT locate detectors in areas of high humidity.
• Do NOT locate detectors in areas where the temperature
rises above 38ºC (100ºF) or falls below 5ºC (41ºF).
Install Smoke detectors in accordance with NFPA 72,
Chapter 11:“Smoke detectors shall be installed outside
of each sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the
bedrooms and on each additional story of the family living unit, including basements and excluding crawl spaces
and unfinished attics. In new construction, a smoke
detector also shall be installed in each sleeping room.”
2. Mount Smoke Detector
Mount backplate on standard
4” octagonal electrical box
using the screws provided.
NOTE: Power supply must be
supplied from a UL/ULC Listed
alarm control unit. Install wiring in accordance with the
appropriate national and local
Mounting Holes
electrical codes.
3. Wiring
Refer to the connection diagram in this section. Before
connecting the unit, prepare
the wires from the electrical
box for connection; the wires
should not be frayed or bent.
CAUTION: If power connections are reversed, the unit
will not operate. The unit is
protected against damage
from incorrect wiring.
When wiring is completed,
inspect the wiring and correct any errors before applying power to the unit. When the wiring has been
thoroughly reviewed, neatly insert the wires into the electrical box and secure the unit to the mounting plate.
NOTE: This equipment should be installed in accordance
with the National Fire Protection Association Standard 72
(National Fire Protection Association, Batterymarch Park,
Quincy, MA 02269).
Dust Cover
The dust cover is intended to protect the smoke detector
from dust and dirt entry while the unit is not in service.
CAUTION: The dust cover protects the unit ONLY when it
is not in service. Remove the dust cover before use.
Device Enrollment
The serial number located on the back of the device must
be enrolled into the alarm control panel via Installer’s Programming ([,][8] [Installer Code]). This procedure is outlined for Power panels in the PC5100 Installation Manual
and for the PC4010/4020 v3.x in the control panel Installation Manual.
WARNING: Connect only DSC addressable series
devices to the addressable loop connections. Connection of any other type of device will impair operation.
Devices other than addressable series devices which
require power to operate must be powered separately.
Do NOT use looped wire under terminals for system
supervision. Break the wire run to provide supervision
of connections.
4. Mounting
Detector Installation
Position the detector on to the base plate using the
detector and base plate alignment marks. Press the
detector gently in place while rotating the detector clockwise until the detector snaps into place. Remove the side
tab from the locking tab to lock in place (optional).
Removal: If the side tab
is removed to lock the
detector, depress tab
with a small flat blade
screwdriver and rotate
the detector counterclockwise
alignment marks line
up. Remove detector.
5. Test Unit
1. Program the Panel for Smoke Test. Refer to the Alarm
Control Panel Installation Manual for details.
NOTE: If the detector is in one of the following states
when test is initiated, it will not enter an alarm state:
• Compensation trouble.
• Failure of heat or smoke detector.
• Other internal faults that could prevent a smoke or
heat alarm.
2. Use the FSD-100 meter to read the trouble status after
testing. Refer to the FSD-100 User Guide for details.
NOTE: Place the meter close to the LED until it begins to
flash every 2 seconds. Then hold the meter on the opposite side of the LED and read the message. The detector
will send out a test message 7 times in a 2-second interval until the LED stops flashing.
6. Compensation Reset
Cleaning, replacement of the smoke sensor, or other
changes may change the background signal/noise of the
detector; this requires the drift compensation be reset.
Compensation trouble is one of the faults indicated when
the LED indicator is OFF.
• Remove power from the unit, then press and hold the
test button for 30 seconds to power down unit.
• Power up unit while pressing the test button.The LED
will flash; when 5 seconds has elapsed. Release the
test button within 1 second after the fifth LED flash.
• The LED will flash every 8 seconds for 1 minute.
When the detector stops flashing test the detector to
verify normal operation.
Owner’s Instructions
Fire Safety
It is recommended that a fire safety audit be conducted
and an escape plan be developed.
Fire Safety Audit
1. Are all electrical appliances/equipment and outlets in
safe condition? Check for frayed cords, overloaded
lighting circuits, etc. If you are uncertain about the
condition of any electrical equipment or service, have
a professional evaluation performed.
2. Are all flammable liquids safely stored in closed containers, and in cool, well ventilated areas? Avoid
cleaning the unit with flammable liquids.
3. Are hazardous materials stored in safe locations?
4. Are furnaces and wood burning appliances properly
installed, clean, and in good working order? If in
doubt, have a professional evaluation.
Escape Planning
There is often very little time between the detection of a
fire and the time it becomes deadly. Because of this, it is
very important that an escape plan be developed and
• Include all family members/employees when developing an escape plan.
• Study the possible escape routes from each location
within the home/building. Since many fires occur at
night, give special attention to the escape routes from
sleeping quarters (if applicable).
• It is essential that escape from a bedroom be possible
without opening the interior door.
Consider the following when making your escape plans:
• Ensure that doors and windows that open to the outside are easily opened. Ensure that they are not
painted shut and that the locking mechanisms operate smoothly.
• Develop rescue plans for children, the eldery and/or
handicapped persons if opening the exits or using the
exit is too difficult for them. This plan includes making
sure that those who are to perform the rescue can
promptly hear the fire warning signal.
• If the exit is above the ground level, provide an
approved fire ladder or rope, as well as training in its
• Keep all exits clear. Be sure to remove snow from all
paths in the winter and remove objects that are blocking any of the exits.
• Have a predetermined assembly point where everyone
can be accounted for; for example, across the street
or in a parking lot.
• Once everyone is out of the home/building, call the
Fire Department.
• A good plan emphasizes a quick escape. Do not investigate first or attempt to fight the fire, and do not
attempt to rescue belongings or valuables as this
takes up time. Once outside, do not re-enter the premises; wait for the Fire Department.
• Write the plan down and rehearse it frequently so if
an emergency occurs, everyone will know what to do.
Revise the plan as conditions change; for example,
when there are more/fewer employees or if there are
changes to the home/building.
• Make sure your fire warning system is operational by
conducting weekly tests. If you are unsure about system operation, contact your smoke detector installer
or dealer.
• DSC recommends that you contact your local Fire
Department and request further information on fire
safety and escape planning. If available, have your
local fire prevention officer conduct a fire safety
DSC recommends regular testing of Smoke Detectors to
ensure correct operation. Contact your Installer or Dealer
for servicing and testing.
The smoke detector is designed to require minimum
maintenance. If the case becomes dusty, vacuum with a
small brush attachment. If the case is greasy, wipe the
case gently with a soft cloth slightly dampened with
soapy water.
Never disassemble the smoke detector; there are no
user serviceable parts inside the unit. Never paint
the unit. Paint may prevent smoke from entering
the unit. If you are planning renovations or repainting, contact your installer and ask that the unit be
temporarily removed until work is complete.
If the unit is located in an area where it is exposed to
high levels of dust or insects and causes false alarms, it
may require service; contact your smoke detector installer
or dealer.
FCC Compliance Statement
Smoke Detector Family
Max. Alarm
Current Draw
Diameter (base) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.8in (147mm)
Height (including base) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.077in (528mm)
Operating Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . .32º-100ºF (0º-37.8ºC)
Humidity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5%-93% RH, non-condensing
Operating Voltage Range. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 -12VDC
Maximum Standby Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.3mA@12
Smoke Sensitivity UL . . . . . . . . . . . 3% ± 0.8%/ft obscuration
Heat Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135ºF (57ºC)
CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by DSC could
void your authority to use this equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Re-orient the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
The user may find the following booklet prepared by the FCC useful: “How to
Identify and Resolve Radio/Television Interference Problems”. This booklet
is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.
20402, Stock # 004-000-00345-4.
Industry Canada Compliance Statement
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian interference-causing equipment regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences de règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
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