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First Alert SA520 User Manual

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USER'S MANUAL
IMPORTANT! Read "Recommended Locations for Smoke Alarms" and
"Locations to Avoid for Smoke Alarms" before beginning. This unit monitors
the air, and when smoke reaches its sensing chamber, it alarms. It can give
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you more time to escape before fire spreads. This unit can ONLY give an early
warning of developing fires if it is installed, maintained and located where
SMOKE ALARM WITH BATTERY BACK-UP
smoke can reach it, and where all residents can hear it, as described in this
manual. This unit will not sense gas, heat, or flame. It cannot prevent or
extinguish fires.
Understand The Different Type of Smoke Alarms
Battery powered or electrical? Different Smoke Alarms provide different
types of protection. See "About Smoke Alarms" for details.
Know Where To Install Your Smoke Alarms
Fire Safety Professionals recommend at least one Smoke Alarm on every
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Input: 120V AC
,
level of your home, in every bedroom, and in every bedroom hallway or
60Hz, 0.09A
separate sleeping area. See "Recommended Locations For Smoke Alarms"
and "Locations To Avoid For Smoke Alarms" for details.
Know What Smoke Alarms Can and Can't Do
A Smoke Alarm can help alert you to fire, giving you precious time to
IMPORTANT!
escape. It can only sound an alarm once smoke reaches the sensor. See
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND SAVE.
This user's manual contains important information about your
Check Your Local Building Codes
Smoke Alarm's operation. If you are installing this Smoke Alarm for use by
This Smoke Alarm is designed to be used in a typical single-family home.
others, you must leave this manual—or a copy of it—with the end user.
It alone will not meet requirements for boarding houses, apartment buildings,
hotels or motels. See "Special Compliance Considerations" for details.
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Model
UL STANDARD 217
M08-0149-002 Q
SA520
05/06
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD. Turn off the power to the area where the
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Smoke Alarm is installed before removing it from the mounting bracket.
Failure to turn off the power first may result in serious electrical shock,
TABLE OF CONTENTS
injury or death.
Fire Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Before You Install This Smoke Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
How To Install This Smoke Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
• This unit will not alert hearing impaired residents. It is recommended
Weekly Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
that you install special units which use devices like flashing strobe
lights to alert hearing impaired residents.
Regular Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Installation Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
• Installation of this unit must conform to the electrical codes in
Optional Locking Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
your area; Article 760 of NFPA 70 (NEC), NFPA 72, NFPA 101; SBC
(SBCCI); UBC (ICBO); NBC (BOCA); OTFDC (CABO), and any other
Understanding the Indicator Lights
local or building codes that may apply. Wiring and installation
and Alarm Horn Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
must be performed by a licensed electrician. Failure to follow
Wireless Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
these guidelines may result in injury or property damage.
If This Smoke Alarm Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
• This unit must be powered by a 24-hour, 120VAC pure sine wave
What To Do In Case Of Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
60Hz circuit. Be sure the circuit cannot be turned off by a switch,
Using the Silence Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
dimmer, or ground fault circuit interrupter. Failure to connect this
If You Suspect a Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
unit to a 24-hour circuit may prevent it from providing constant
Recommended Locations For Smoke Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
protection.
Locations To Avoid For Smoke Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
• This Smoke Alarm must have AC or battery power to operate.
About Smoke Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7
If the AC power fails, battery back-up will allow the alarm to
Special Compliance Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
sound for at least 4 minutes. If AC power fails and the battery is
Limitations of Smoke Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
weak, protection should last for at least 7 days. If AC power fails
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
and the battery is dead or missing, the alarm cannot operate.
• Never disconnect the power from an AC powered unit to stop an
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unwanted alarm. Doing so will disable the unit and remove your
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protection. In the case of a true unwanted alarm open a window or
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fan the smoke away from the unit. The alarm will reset automatically
when it returns to normal operation. Never remove the batteries
All First Alert
®
and BRK
®
Smoke Alarms conform to regulatory
from a battery operated unit to stop an unwanted alarm (caused by
requirements, including UL217 and are designed to detect particles of
cooking smoke, etc.). Instead open a window or fan the smoke
combustion. Smoke particles of varying number and size are produced
away from the unit. The alarm will reset automatically.
in all fires.
Ionization technology is generally more sensitive than photoelectric
• Connect this unit ONLY to other compatible units. See "How To
technology at detecting small particles, which tend to be produced
Install This Smoke Alarm" for details. Do not connect it to any
in greater amounts by flaming fires, which consume combustible
other type of alarm or auxiliary device. Connecting anything else
materials rapidly and spread quickly. Sources of these fires may include
to this unit may damage it or prevent it from operating properly.
paper burning in a wastebasket, or a grease fire in the kitchen.
• This Smoke Alarm has a battery drawer which resists closing
Photoelectric technology is generally more sensitive than ionization
unless a battery is installed. This warns you the unit will not
technology at detecting large particles, which tend to be produced in
operate under DC power without a battery.
greater amounts by smoldering fires, which may smolder for hours
before bursting into flame. Sources of these fires may include cigarettes
• Do not stand too close to the unit when the alarm is sounding.
burning in couches or bedding.
It is loud to wake you in an emergency. Exposure to the horn at
close range may harm your hearing.
For maximum protection, use both types of Smoke Alarms on each
level and in every bedroom of your home.
• Do not paint over the unit. Paint may clog the openings to the
sensing chambers and prevent the unit from operating properly.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Follow safety rules and prevent hazardous situations: 1) Use smoking
materials properly. Never smoke in bed. 2) Keep matches or lighters away
from children; 3) Store flammable materials in proper containers; 4) Keep
electrical appliances in good condition and don't overload electrical circuits;
5) Keep stoves, barbecue grills, fireplaces and chimneys grease- and debris-
free; 6) Never leave anything cooking on the stove unattended; 7) Keep
portable heaters and open flames, like candles, away from flammable
materials; 8) Don't let rubbish accumulate.
Keep alarms clean, and test them weekly. Replace alarms immediately if
they are not working properly. Smoke Alarms that do not work cannot alert
you to a fire. Keep at least one working fire extinguisher on every floor, and
an additional one in the kitchen. Have fire escape ladders or other reliable
means of escape from an upper floor in case stairs are blocked.
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