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Smoke Alarm User’s Manual

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Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more effective at detecting slow burning fires which smoulder for hours before bursting into flame.

eg. cigarettes burning in couches or bedding.


DC operated photoelectric type smoke alarm

Photoelectric sensor for slow smouldering fires

Self-Test button

Hush button

Insect proof

Environmentally friendly non-radioactive technology

High and stable sensitivity

Quick fix mounting bracket for easy installation

Fitting and battery tamper-resist feature

LED operation indicator

Extra loud alarm sound over 85 dB

Low-battery and battery missing warning indicator

Auto-reset when smoke clears


Model Number: FFP9VH

Detection Type:

Power Source:

Photoelectric Chamber

9V DC Battery

Standby Current:

Alarm Current:

15uA max

30mA max

Alarm Sound Level 85 Decibels at 3 meters

Operation Temperature: 5ºC to 45ºC

Ambient Humidity: 10%-90%

Sensitivity to Smoke: 3.0-6.0 %Obs /m

Compact size: 110mm diameter


1 .This smoke alarm requires constant working 9-volt

battery to operate properly. This smoke alarm WILL

NOT work if DC power is not connected or has failed or been interrupted for any reason, the battery is removed, drained or improperly connected. DO NOT use any other kind of battery except as specified.


DO NOT connect this smoke alarm to any other type of smoke alarm or auxiliary device, except those listed in this manual. The Test button accurately tests all smoke alarm functions. Do not use any other test method. Test smoke alarm weekly to

ensure proper operation.

3 .DO NOT remove or disconnect battery to silence unwanted alarms. This will remove your protection.

Open windows or ventilate the smoke alarm to silence it.

4. This smoke alarm may be installed by a licensed,

qualified electrician. Observe and follow all

local and national electrical and building codes

for installation.


This smoke alarm is designed to be used inside a single unit dwelling only. In buildings with several dwellings, each individual living unit should have its own smoke alarms.

Do not install in non-residential buildings.

This smoke alarm is not a substitute for a complete alarm system.

6 . Install a smoke alarm in every room and on every level of the home. Smoke may not reach the smoke alarm for many reasons. For example, if a fire starts in a remote part of the home, on another level, in a chimney, wall, roof, or on the other side of a closed door, smoke may not reach the smoke alarm in time to alert household members. A smoke alarm will not promptly detect a fire except in the area or room in which it is installed.

7 . Smoke alarms may not alert every household member every time. The alarm sound is loud in order to alert individuals to a potential danger.

However, there may be limiting circumstances where a household member may not hear the alarm

(i.e. outdoor or indoor noise, sound sleepers, drug or alcohol usage, hard of hearing, etc.). If you suspect that this smoke alarm may not alert household members, install and maintain specialty smoke alarms.

Household members must hear the alarm’s warning sound and respond, to quickly reduce the risk of damage, injury or death that may result from fire.

If a household member is hearing impaired, install special smoke alarms with lights or vibrating devices to alert occupants.

8. Smoke alarms can only sound their alarms when

they detect smoke. Smoke alarms detect combustion particles in the air. They do not sense heat, flame or gas. This smoke alarm is designed to give audible warning of a developing fire. However, many fires are fast-burning, explosive, or intentional. Others are caused by carelessness or safety hazards.

Smoke may not reach the smoke alarm QUICKLY

ENOUGH to ensure safe escape.

9. Smoke alarms have limitations. This smoke alarm is not foolproof and is not warranted to protect lives or property from fire. Smoke alarms are not a substitute for insurance. Homeowners and renters should insure their lives and property. In addition, it is possible for the smoke alarm to fail at any time.

For this reason, you must test the smoke alarm weekly and replace it every 10 years.

Note: For best protection, we recommend that you install a smoke alarm in every room.


Typical single-story home

Install a smoke alarm on the ceiling or wall inside each bedroom and in the hallway outside each separate sleeping area. If a bedroom area hallway is more than

9 metres (30 ft) long, install a smoke alarm at each end.

If there is a basement: Install a smoke alarm on the basement ceiling at the bottom of the stairwell.






1. Place as close to the centre of the ceiling as possible or

at least no closer than 300mm to any wall or corner.

2. Install a minimum of two smoke alarms in every

home, no matter how small the home.

3. Install a smoke alarm in each room that is divided

by a partial wall.

4. Install a smoke alarm in lived-in attics or attics

which house electrical equipment like furnaces, air conditioners, or heaters.


300mm minimum

Heat and smoke from fire

Best here

Dead air space, Do Not install here

900mm min

Dead air space,

Do Not install here


1. Areas near appliances or where normal combustion

regularly occurs (near furnaces, hot water heaters).

Use a specialised smoke alarm with unwanted alarm

control for these areas.

2. Areas with high humidity, like bathrooms,

near dishwashers or washing machines. Install at least 3 metres (10 Feet) away from these areas.

3. Air returns or heating and cooling supply vents.

Install at least 900mm (3 Feet) away from these areas.

The air could blow smoke away from the detector, interrupting its alarm.

4. Rooms where temperatures may fall below 5ºC or rise above 45ºC

5. Extremely dusty, dirty, or insect-infested areas

where loose particles interfere with smoke alarm operation.


Incorrect orientation will result in a decrease in operational effectiveness.




Typical Multi-story or split level home

Install a smoke alarm on the ceiling or wall inside each bedroom and in the hallway outside each separate sleeping area. If a bedroom area hallway is more than

9 metres (30 ft) long, install a smoke alarm at each end. Please install a smoke alarm on the top of a first-to-second floor stairwell.






Smoke alarm installation must be in accordance with the requirements of the national electrical code and any local codes that may apply.

1. Remove the mounting plate by turning counterclockwise

at the back of the smoke alarm.

(To later engage tamper-resist feature, twist out and set aside one of the pins moulded into plate. Both pins are exactly the same.)




Minimum required smoke alarm locations

Recommended additional smoke alarm locations

Smoke alarms with hush features recommended for additional protection

2. Install the mounting plate to ceiling or wall with

mounting screws.

3. Lift open battery pocket door.

4. Connect new 9-volt battery to battery connector inside

battery pocket. Be sure battery is securely connected.

Red LED may blink briefly when battery is installed.

5. Close battery pocket door, snapping it into place.

6. Position smoke alarm to mounting plate and turn clockwise to lock into place. To engage feature, insert pin into notch on edge of smoke alarm after alarm is properly positioned in base.

7. Push test button to test smoke alarm.

See TESTING THE SMOKE ALARM. tamper-resist


Once the smoke alarm has been installed A RED indicator light (LED) should flash approximately once a minute to indicate the battery is healthy and the unit is operating pulsating alarm and a RED indicator light (LED) will be flashing quickly until the air is clear.

The “HUSH” feature can mute the detector if it has been inadvertently triggered by holding down the

“TEST/HUSH” button for a few seconds.

The smoke alarm will be muted 10 minutes and then reset into normal mode after this period.

NOTE- If the smoke density increases during this time the smoke alarm will be triggered into alarm again.


The unit will flash the red light every 10 seconds (instead of the normal 40 seconds) to indicate the sensitivity is reduced.

On interconnected alarms, pressing the Test/Hush button on the one sensing smoke (i.e. the one with the red light

flashing every second) will silence all alarms. Pressing the

Hush Button on any other alarm will not cancel the alarm.

2. The unit will reset to normal sensitivity at the end of the

silenced period. If additional silenced time is required,

simply push the Test/Hush button again.


In addition to weekly testing, this smoke alarm requires yearly battery replacement and periodic cleaning to remove dust, dirt, and debris.


Replace battery at least once a year or immediately when the low battery signal sounds once a minute.

Batteries should be replaced regularly as necessary.


Do not use any other type of battery, other than as specified in this manual.

Do not use rechargeable batteries.

1. Test each smoke alarm to be sure it is installed correctly and operating properly.

2. The push-to-test button accurately tests functions. Do not use an open flame to test this smoke alarm. You may ignite and damage the smoke alarm or your home.

3. Test smoke alarms weekly and upon returning from vacation or when no one has been in the household for several days.

4. Stand at arm’s length from the smoke alarm when testing.

Test & Hush



DO NOT disconnect battery to silence an

unwanted alarm. This will remove your protection. Ventilate the unit or open a window to remove smoke or dust.


If the smoke alarm sounds its alarm horn, and you have not pushed the test button, it is warning of a dangerous situation.

Your immediate response is necessary. To prepare for such occurrences, develop family escape plans, discuss them

with all household members, and practice them regularly.

1. Expose everyone to the sound of a smoke alarm and

explain what the sound means.

2. Determine two exits from each room and an escape

route to the outside from each exit.

3. Teach all household members to touch the door and

use an alternate exit if the door is hot. Instruct them

not to open the door if the door is hot.

4. Teach household members to crawl along the floor to

stay below dangerous smoke, fumes and gases.

5. Determine a safe meeting place for all members

outside the building.


If the battery is incorrectly replaced, the smoke

alarm will not operate and may cause damage.


1. Do not panic, stay calm.

2. Leave the building as quickly as possible. Touch doors

to feel if they are hot before opening them. Use an

Please use high quality batteries to ensure long term performance.

alternate exit if necessary. Crawl along the floor, and do not stop to collect anything.

1. Turn smoke alarm counterclockwise to detach it from the

mounting plate.

3. Meet at a pre-arranged meeting place outside the building.

4. Call the fire department from outside the building.

2. Gently pull down smoke alarm.

3. Remove battery from the compartment.

5. Do not go back inside a burning building. Wait for the fire

department to arrive.

4. Insert a new 9-volt battery to connector. NOTE THE

These guidelines will assist you in the event of a fire.


Ensure the metal tab is fully depressed when the battery

However, to reduce the chance that fires will start, practice fire safety rules and prevent hazardous situations. has been fitted.



1. Firmly push the TEST/HUSH button, and the smoke alarm

will sound a loud beep. The alarm will stop sounding after

releasing the TEST/HUSH button.

2. If smoke alarm does not sound, please retest the

smoke alarm.


If the alarm sounds, and smoke alarm is not

being tested, the smoke alarm is sensing smoke.




If there is a nuisance alarm simply press the test/hush button on the alarm to silence the unit for 10 minutes.

If, when the alarm goes off, there is no sign of smoke, heat or noise to indicate that there is a fire, you should get your family into a safe place, before you start investigating.

Check the house carefully in case there is a small fire smouldering somewhere. Check whether there is some source of smoke or fumes, for example cooking fumes being drawn past the smoke alarm by an extractor.

If there are frequent nuisance/false alarms it may be necessary to re-locate the device away from the source of the fumes. If for some reason the alarm continues to sound without smoke or heat being present (due to insect infestation or contamination build-up for example) the unit can be silenced by disconnecting power and removing the unit for cleaning. See “CLEANING”.

5. Reattach the smoke alarm to the mounting plate by

turning smoke alarm clockwise until it snaps into place.

6. Test the smoke alarm using “TEST” button.




The unit requires one standard 9V battery. The following batteries are acceptable as replacements;

Golden Power #6F22, Megaton #6F22; New Leader #6F22;

Gold Peak #1604; Eveready #522, #1222 or equivalent quality model available from electrical or hardware stores.


Clean the smoke alarm at least once a month to remove dust, dirt, or debris. Using the soft brush or wand attachment from a vacuum cleaner, vacuum all sides and cover of smoke alarm. Be sure all the vents are free of debris. If necessary, use a damp cloth to clean smoke alarm cover.


Do not attempt to remove the cover to clean inside the smoke alarm. This will void your warranty.



Smoke alarm does not sound when tested.

NOTE: Push test button for at least five seconds while testing!


Master Distributors Pty Ltd warrants to the original consumer purchaser that each new smoke alarm is free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and services for a period of three(3) years from the date of purchase. Master Distributors Pty Ltd agrees to repair or replace, at its option, any defective Smoke Alarm provided it is returned personally or by prepaid delivery with a copy of proof of purchase. Do not post.

This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accidents, misuse or abuse or lack of reasonable care of the product. The purchaser's attention is drawn to rights it may have under the Trade Practices Act 1974 and similar state and territory legislation which cannot be excluded.

Subject to those non-excluded rights and provisions and the above warranty, Master Distributors Pty Ltd, will not be liable for any injury to persons or damage to property or for any special direct or indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever and whether as a result of negligence or fault on the part of Master Distributors Pty Ltd. or its servants, agents, suppliers and contractors or otherwise arising out of or resulting from, whether directly or indirectly, the use, installation or maintenance of the smoke alarm and any warranties or representations are excluded unless given by Master Distributors Pty Ltd in writing.

The 9 volt battery included with this Smoke Alarm is excluded from the Master Distributors Pty Ltd, 3 year

Limited Warranty. If this Smoke Alarm is installed for use by others, please leave this document or a copy for the end user.


1. Remove smoke alarm from mounting plate and check that battery is properly attached to connector.

2. Clean smoke alarm.

Smoke alarm beeps about once a minute.

Replace battery. See battery replacement in the maintenance and cleaning section.


This smoke alarm has a combined Test/Hush button to help you control nuisance false alarms.

1. To cancel a false alarm, press the Test/Hush button

located on the cover. The alarm will automatically switch

to a reduced sensitivity condition (very large levels of

smoke from a nearby fire will override the Hush on the

smoke alarms). This condition allows unwanted alarms to

be silenced for a period of approximately 10 minutes.

Smoke alarm sound unwanted alarms intermittently or when residents are cooking, taking showers, etc.

The alarm sounds different than

I’m used to. It starts and stops.

1. Clean smoke alarm. See “CLEANING” in the maintenance and cleaning section

2. Move smoke alarm to a new location. See SMOKE ALARM


The alarm is operating correctly. This alarm features the internationally recognised horn signal for evacuation. The alarm sound pattern is 3 short beeps followed by a 2 second pause and then repeats.


Lic 21554

SAI Global


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