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How To Install This Smoke Alarm; Maintenance; Weekly Testing; If This Smoke Alarm Sounds - Family Gard FG888D User Manual

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This unit is designed to be mounted on the ceiling, or on the wall if necessary.
Tools you will need:
• Pencil
• Hammer


NEVER use an open flame of any kind to test this unit. You might
accidentally damage or set fire to the unit or to your home. The
built-in test switch accurately tests the unit's operation as
required by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL).
If the Alarm ever fails to test properly, replace it immediately.
Products under warranty may be returned to the manufacturer
for replacement. See "Limited Warranty" for details.
DO NOT stand close to the alarm when the horn is sounding.
Exposure at close range may be harmful to your hearing. When test-
ing, step away when horn starts sounding.
It is important to test this unit every week to make sure it is working
properly. Using the test button is the recommended way to test this
Smoke Alarm. Press and hold the test button on the cover of the unit until
the alarm sounds (the unit may continue to alarm for a few seconds after
you release the button). If it does not alarm, make sure the unit is receiv-
ing power and test it again. If it still does not alarm, replace it immediately.
During testing you will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern: 3 beeps,
pause, 3 beeps, pause.
This unit has been designed to be as maintenance free as possible, but
there are a few simple things you must do to keep it working properly.
Use only the replacement batteries listed below. The unit may not
operate properly with other batteries. Never use rechargeable
batteries since they may not provide a constant charge.
Test it at least once a week.
Clean the Smoke Alarm at least once a month; gently vacuum the
outside of the Smoke Alarm using your household vacuum's soft
brush attachment. Test the Smoke Alarm. Never use water, cleaners
or solvents since they may damage the unit.
If the Smoke Alarm becomes contaminated by excessive dirt, dust
and/or grime, and cannot be cleaned to avoid unwanted alarms,
replace the unit immediately.
Relocate the unit if it sounds frequent unwanted alarms. See
"Locations to Avoid for Smoke Alarms" for details.
When the battery becomes weak, the Smoke Alarm unit will "chirp"
about once a minute (the low battery warning). This low battery warn-
ing should last 7 days, but you should replace the battery immediately
to continue your protection.
Choosing a replacement battery:
Your Smoke Alarm requires one standard 9V battery. The following
batteries are acceptable as replacements: Duracell #MN1604, (Ultra)
#MX1604; Eveready (Energizer) #522. You may also use a Lithium battery
like the Ultralife U9VL-J for longer service life between battery changes.


1. "OPEN HERE" tab
2. Cover hinge
3. Test button
1. "Open Here"
2. Test button
3. Smoke Alarm base
4. "No Battery" tab
5A. Mounting slots
5B. Mounting slots
6. Install 9V battery here
• Drill with 3/16" (5 mm) drill bit
• Standard flathead screwdriver
1. Hold base firmly and pull up on cover tab marked "OPEN HERE." This
will open the hinged cover. The cover may unsnap from the base if
it's opened too far. This will not damage the unit—the cover hinge
snaps back into place easily.
2. Hold the Smoke Alarm base against the ceiling (or wall) and make a
mark at the center of each of the mounting slots with a pencil.
3. Put the unit where it won't get covered with dust when you drill the
mounting holes.
4. Using a 3/16" (5 mm) drill bit, drill a hole through each pencil mark.
5. Insert the plastic screw anchors (in the plastic bag with screws) into
the holes. Tap the screw anchors gently with a hammer, if necessary,
until they are flush with the ceiling or wall.
6. Tighten the screws (provided) into the screw anchors, then loosen
them two turns.
7. Fit the Smoke Alarm over the screw heads as shown. Close cover.
8. If the Smoke Alarm cover does not line up the way you want it, rotate
the base and re-tighten the screws.
9. Activate the battery. With the cover open, remove and reinstall the
battery so the terminals on the battery match the terminals on the
Smoke Alarm. Match "+" to "+" and "-" to "-." Push the battery in until
it snaps in securely and cannot be shaken loose.
If the battery is not snapped in completely, the unit cannot receive
battery power. The Smoke Alarm may beep briefly when you install
the battery—this is normal.
10. Close the cover all the way.
11. Test the Smoke Alarm. See "Weekly Testing."
These batteries are available at many local retail stores.
Actual service life depends on the Smoke Alarm and the environment
in which it is installed. All the batteries specified above are acceptable
replacement batteries for this unit. Regardless of the manufacturer's
suggested battery life, you MUST replace the battery immediately once
the unit starts "chirping" (the "low battery warning").


During an alarm, you will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern:
3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause.
If the unit alarms and you are not testing the unit, it is warning you
of a potentially dangerous situation that requires your immediate
attention. NEVER ignore any alarm. Ignoring the alarm may result
in injury or death.
Never remove the batteries from a battery operated Smoke Alarm
to stop an unwanted alarm (caused by cooking smoke, etc.).
Removing batteries disables the alarm so it cannot sense smoke,
and removes your protection. Instead open a window or fan the
smoke away from the unit. The alarm will reset automatically.
If the unit alarms get everyone out of the house immediately.
Don't panic; stay calm. Follow your family escape plan.
Get out of the house as quickly as possible. Don't stop to
get dressed or collect anything.
Feel doors with the back of your hand before opening them.
If a door is cool, open it slowly. Don't open a hot door. Keep doors
and windows closed, unless you must escape through them.
Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth (preferably damp).
Take short, shallow breaths.
Meet at your planned meeting place outside your home,
and do a head count to make sure everybody got out safely.
Call the Fire Department as soon as possible from outside.
Give your address, then your name.
Never go back inside a burning building for any reason.
Contact your Fire Department for ideas on making your home safer.
Alarms have various limitations. See "Limitations of Smoke Alarms"
for details.

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