With the comfort of owning your home comes the responsibility to keep the home safe for you and your family. It is not difficult to follow a few rules and precautions to preserve the safety of your home. Fire Safety & Smoke Detectors: NEVER use an open flame of any kind to test the detectors. 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 you choose to use an aerosol smoke product to test the smoke alarm, be certain to use one that has been listed by Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc., safety standards, and use it only as directed. Use of non-UL listed products or improper use of UL-listed products may affect the smoke alarm’s sensitivity. CAUTION! Do NOT stand close to the alarm when the horn is sounding. Exposure at close range may be harmful to your hearing. When testing, step away when horn starts sounding. It is important to test your detectors every week to make sure they are working properly. Using the test button is the recommended way to test the 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 receiving power and test it again. If it still does not alarm, replace it immediately. When testing a series of interconnected units, you must test each unit individually. Make sure all units alarm when each one is tested. Regular Maintenance: The detectors have been designed to be as maintenance-free as possible, but there are a few simple things you must do to keep them working properly. • Test them 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. • When the battery backup becomes weak, the smoke alarm will chirp about once a minute (the low battery warning). This warning 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. You may also use a lithium battery for longer service life between battery changes. Actual battery service life depends on the smoke alarm and the environment in which it is installed. Regardless of the manufacturer’s suggested battery life, you MUST replace the battery immediately once the unit starts chirping (the low battery warning). Most smoke detectors in new homes are hardwired. A simple rule to follow is to change the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight saving time. Responding to an Alarm. During an alarm, you will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern. 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 disconnect the AC power to quiet an unwanted alarm. Disconnecting the power disables the alarm so it cannot sense smoke. This will remove 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. Electrical Shock Hazard: Attempting to disconnect the power connector from the detector when the power is on may result in electrical shock, serious injury or death. When an interconnected system of AC-powered units is in alarm, the alarm indicator light on the unit(s) that initiated the alarm will blink rapidly. It will remain OFF on any remaining units. If the unit alarms and you are certain that the source of smoke is not a fire – cooking smoke or an extremely dusty furnace, for example – open a nearby window or door and fan the smoke away from the unit. Use the silence feature to silence the alarm. This will silence the alarm, and once the smoke clears, the unit will reset itself automatically. Fire Extinguishers: Consider buying a few fire extinguishers for your home and place them where they can be readily accessed in case of an emergency. The most common extinguisher for a household is one with an A-B-C rating. This type of fire extinguisher is able to put out all types of fires including wood, petroleum and chemical fires. Make sure to keep these extinguishers charged by checking the pressure gauge on top of each unit. In order to prevent a fire from breaking out, never leave a stove or oven unattended, never overload an electrical socket or extension cord, and regularly empty the lint filter in your clothes dryer. Emergency Planning: In the event of any type of an emergency, you should develop a prepared plan of action for you and your family. Have the phone numbers for the local police, fire department, poison control center and EMS written down in a permanent location as well as programmed into your home phones’ speed dial entries. It is advisable to also program these same numbers into your cell phones. Establish ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers in all cell phones. Program local fire and police numbers in cell phones, as calls to 911 from cell phones often go to a highway patrol central dispatch location that may not be located in your area. Child Safety: It is of extreme importance to childproof your home if you have children, and especially infants. Always store dangerous chemicals in a safe location, and out of reach of children. In all drawers and cabinets that contain sharp objects, medicines and cleaning products, install safety latches or locks to prevent children from accessing these areas. Use safety gates to keep children from falling down stairs and to keep them out of rooms that may be dangerous for them. If you have a pool, never allow children to play in or around it without strict adult supervision, and consider installing secondary pool enclosure safety fences around pools or spas within your fenced yard. Gas Safety: If your home is equipped with natural gas, you may wish to consider installing a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous, has no odor or taste, and cannot be seen by the naked eye. Just as with smoke detectors, test a carbon monoxide detector often and replace batteries at least twice a year.