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MODEL SS-770/SS-771

SMOKE & FIRE ALARM

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The smoke alarm has a recommended service life of at least 10 years under normal conditions. The smoke alarm uses an extremely small amount of a radioactive element in the ionization chamber. Do not tamper with radioactive sealed source or try to repair the smoke alarm yourself. Refer to instructions for repairs.

SMOKE ALARM LIMITATIONS AND FUNCTIONS

THERE ARE TWO BASIC SMOKE ALARM TYPES - IONIZATION AND PHOTOELECTRIC. Ionization smoke alarms are your best overall choice for reliability and fast response time, since they quickly sense small "invisible" smoke particles and will also sense larger "visible" smoke particles. Photoelectric smoke alarms may respond more quickly in certain types of fires, for example - slow smoldering fires with large "visible" smoke particles. ALL TYPES OF SMOKE ALARMS HAVE LIMITATIONS. NO TYPE OF SMOKE ALARM CAN SENSE EVERY KIND OF FIRE OR SMOKE EVERY TIME.

WARNING - SMOKEALARMS WILLNOTWORK DURINGALOSS OF POWER. SINCEASMOKE ALARM WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT POWER, having an alarm(s) that works from two completely different power sources, such as anAC direct wire with battery backup smoke alarm, can give you an extra measure of protection in case of an AC power failure or a dead battery.

USING A SMOKE ALARM IN A SMOKY AREA LIKE A KITCHEN, OR IN A HIGH HUMIDITY AREA NEAR A SHOWER, CAN CAUSE FALSE ALARMS. DO NOT TURN OFF THE AC POWER TO QUIET THE ALARM. A SMOKE ALARM WILL NOT HELP PROTECT YOU IF IT IS NOT POWERED. Properly locate your alarm to avoid nuisance alarms.

ASMOKEALARMMAYNOTALWAYSWARNYOUABOUTFIRESCAUSEDBYCARELESSNESS AND SAFETY HAZARDS LIKE SMOKING IN BED, VIOLENT EXPLOSIONS, ESCAPING GAS, IMPROPER STORAGE OF FLAMMABLE MATERIALS, OVERLOADED ELECTRICALCIRCUITS, CHILDREN PLAYING WITH MATCHES, NATURALCAUSES SUCHAS LIGHTNING, ORARSON. FIRE PREVENTION IS YOUR BEST SAFEGUARD.

INSTALLING SMOKE ALARMS MAY MAKE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR LOWER INSURANCE RATES, but SMOKE ALARMS ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR INSURANCE. Homeowners and renters alike should continue to insure their lives and properties.

SMOKEALARMS CANNOT WORK WITHOUT POWER. Battery operated units cannot work if the batteries are missing, disconnected or dead, if the wrong type of batteries are used or if the batteries are not installed correctly. AC (only) powered units cannot work if the AC power is cut off for any reason. If you are concerned about the limitations of battery or AC power, install both types of units.

SMOKE ALARMS CANNOT DETECT FIRES IF THE SMOKE DOES NOT REACH THEM. Smoke from fires may not reach the sensing chamber and set off the alarm. One unit should be installed inside each bedroom or sleeping area.

SMOKE ALARMS MAY NOT DETECT FIRE ON ANOTHER FLOOR OR AREA OF THE HOME. Recommended minimum protection is at least one unit in every sleeping area and every bedroom on every level of your home. Interconnected units may provide earlier warning than stand-aloneunits since all units alarm when one detects smoke.

SMOKE ALARMS MAY NOT BE HEARD. The alarm horn in this unit meets or exceeds current standards, but it may not be heard if: (1) the unit is located outside a closed or partially closed door; (2) residents recently consumed alcohol or drugs; (3) the alarm is drowned out by noise from stereos, TV's, air conditioners or other appliances or (4) if residents are hearing impaired or sound sleepers.

SMOKE ALARMS ARE NOT FOOLPROOF. You must test the unitweekly to ensure your continued protection. Smoke alarms cannot prevent or extinguish fires.

SMOKE ALARMS HAVE A LIMITED LIFE. The unit should be replaced immediately if it is not operating properly. You should always replace a smoke alarm after 10 years.

SMOKE ALARMS ARE NOT TO BE USED WITH DETECTOR GUARDS UNLESS THE COMBINATION HAS BEEN EVALUATED AND FOUND SUITABLE FOR THAT PURPOSE.

CURRENT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN SMOKE ALARMS MAY NOTAWAKEN ALL SLEEPING INDIVIDUALS AND THAT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE HOUSEHOLD WHO ARE CAPABLE OF ASSISTING OTHERS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE AWAKENED BY THE ALARM SOUND OR TO THOSE WHO MAY BE INCAPABLE OF SAFELY EVACUATING THE AREA UNASSISTED.

RECOMMENDED LOCATION OF ALARMS

Locate the first smoke alarm in the immediate area of the bedrooms. Try to protect the exit path as the bedrooms are usually farthest from an exit. If more than one sleeping area exists, locate additional smoke alarms in each sleeping area. If a hall is more than 40 feet (12 meters) long, install a smoke alarm at each end.

Locate additional smoke alarms to protect any stairway as stairways act like chimneys for smoke and heat.

Locate at least one smoke alarm on every floor level.

Locate a smoke alarm in any area where a smoker sleeps or where electrical appliances are operated in sleeping areas.

Smoke, heat and other combustion products rise to the ceiling and spread horizontally. Mounting the smoke alarm on the ceiling in the center of the room places it closest to all points in the room. Ceiling mounting is preferred in ordinary residential construction. However, in mobile homes, wall mounting on an inside partition is preferred to avoid the thermal barrier that may form at the ceiling.

When mounting smoke alarm on the ceiling, locate it a minimum of 4" (10cm) from a side wall or corner (see Diagram A).

When mounting smoke alarm on a wall, if local codes allow, use an inside wall with the top edge of the smoke alarm a minimum of 4" (10cm) and a maximum of 12" (30.5cm) below the ceiling/ wall intersections (See Diagram A).

Mobile Home Installation:

For minimum protection, smoke alarms should be installed in compliance with H.U.D. Manufactured Home Construction Safety Standards, Title 24 CFR, Section 3280.208 and Section 3282. For additional protection, see Single Story Residence smoke alarm requirements/recommendations for Existing Homes and New Construction Homes.

Note: For mobile homes built before 1978, install smoke alarms on inside walls between 4” and 12” from the ceiling (older mobile homes have little or no insulation in the ceiling). This is especially important if the ceiling is unusually hot or cold.

Install a smoke alarm inside each bedroom and in the hallway outside each separate sleeping area.

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AVOID THESE LOCATIONS

the garage – products of combustion are present when you start your automobile.

near appliances or areas where normal combustion regularly occurs (kitchens, near furnaces, gas hot water heaters). Use smoke alarms with Silence Control for these areas.

in areas with high humidity, like bathrooms or areas near dishwashers or washing machines. Install at least 3 feet (0.9 meters) away from these areas.

in areas of turbulent air such as air returns or heating and cooling supply vents, smoke alarms shall not be located where airflow prevents operation of the alarms.

in extremely dusty, dirty or insect-infestedareas. Loose particles interfere with smoke alarm operation.

in areas where temperature may fall below 400F (4.40C) or rise above 1000F (37.80C).

closer than 1 foot (0.3m) from fluorescent lights, electrical "noise" and flickering may affect the alarm's operation.

closer than 3 feet (0.9m) horizontal path from the tip of the blade of a ceiling suspended (paddle) fan.

on a poorly insulated ceiling or exterior wall (mount smoke alarm on an inside wall).

THIS SMOKE ALARM WILL NOT OPERATE WITHOUT A BATTERY INSTALLED. PROPER BATTERY MUST BE INSTALLED IMMEDIATELY WHEN LOW BATTERY SIGNAL IS GIVEN OR THE UNIT WILL FAIL. TEST WEEKLY. READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS OR UNIT WILL NOT OPERATE PROPERLY.

FALSE ALARMS

The smoke alarm is designed to minimize false alarms. Smoking will not normally set off the alarm unless smoke is blown directly into the smoke alarm. Combustion particles from cooking may set off the alarm if the smoke alarm is located close to the kitchen cooking surface. Large quantities of combustion particles are generated from spills or broiling.

If the smoke alarm does alarm, check for fires first. If a fire is discovered, get out and call the fire department. If no fire is present, check to see if one of the reasons listed above may have caused the alarm.

INSTALLATION

Your smoke alarm is designed for easy mounting on wall or ceiling. A complete mounting kit is included with the smoke alarm. First, attach the mounting bracket on the wall or ceiling with the screws provided. Second, push and turn the smoke alarm clockwise on the mounting bracket. (Note: Your smoke alarm is equipped with a safety device which prevents mounting unless a battery is installed. If your smoke alarm will not lock into the mounting bracket, check to make sure a battery is installed.)

Early warning fire detection is best achieved by the installation of fire detection equipment in all rooms and areas of the household as follows: A smoke alarm installed in each separate sleeping area (in the vicinity of, but outside of, the bedrooms) and heat or smoke alarms in living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, hallways, attics, furnace rooms, closets, utility storage rooms, basements and attached garages. Test the smoke alarm weekly to assure proper operation.

OPERATION, TESTING & MAINTENANCE

OPERATION: The smoke alarm is operating once the power is connected and turned on (the battery must also be installed). When products of combustion are sensed, the unit sounds a loud alarm which continues until the air is cleared.

This alarm incorporates the internationally recognized horn signal for evacuation. During alarm mode, the horn produces three short beeps followed by a two second pause and then repeats.

STANDBY CONDITION: The red LED(SS-771only) flashes once every40-60seconds to indicate the unit is properly functioning.

LOCAL ALARM CONDITION: The red LED(SS-771only) flashes rapidly and the unit emits a loud, pulsating alarm sound.

TESTING: Test by pushing the test button on the smoke alarm cover until the alarm sounds, then release. The alarm sounds if all electronic circuitry, horn and battery are working. The alarm may continue to sound for up to 10 seconds after the button is released. If no alarm sounds, the unit may have a defective battery or other failure. Test the smoke alarm weekly to assure proper operation.

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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-intest 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 to Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Safety Standards and use it only as directed. Use of non-ULListed products or improper use of UL Listed products may affect the smoke alarm's sensitivity.

RV INSTALLATION -

WARNING: TEST SMOKE ALARM OPERATION AFTER VEHICLE HAS BEEN IN STORAGE, BEFORE EACH TRIP, AND AT LEAST ONCE PER WEEK DURING USE. An identical marking is to be provided by the recreational vehicle manufacturer that shall be permanent and located, visibly, within 24 inches (610mm) of the smoke alarm.

MAINTENANCE: The smoke alarm is virtually maintenance free. However, under dusty conditions, a vacuum hose may be used to clear the sensing chamber of dust.

BATTERY REPLACEMENT

The smoke alarm uses a 9 Volt carbon-zincbattery. The battery should last for at least one year under normal operating conditions. The smoke alarm has a low battery indicator, an audible "beep." It will operate at30-40second intervals for a minimum of 7 days. When this indication occurs, replace the battery with an Alkaline type (Eveready Energizer #522, Duracell #MN1604), CarbonZinc type (Gold Peak #1604P, Eveready #216).

REPAIRS AND SERVICES

The smoke alarm contains less than 1 microcurie (37 kilobecquerel) of Americium 241, a radioactive material. The distribution of these ionization-type smoke alarms is licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the consumer is exempt from any licensing or requirements. If the smoke alarm is defective in any way, do not tamper with the unit. Return the unit for servicing. (See warranty for instructions orin-warrantyreturns.) There will be a service charge for repairing out of warranty units.

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DEVELOP AND PRACTICE A PLAN OF ESCAPE

BASICS OF ESCAPE PLAN

oMake a floor plan indicating all doors and windows and at least two escape routes from each room. Second story windows may need a rope or chain ladder.

o Have a family meeting and discuss your escape plan, showing everyone what to do in case of fire. o Determine a place outside your home where all of you can meet if a fire occurs.

o Familiarize everyone with the sound of the smoke alarm and train them to leave your home when they hear the sound.

oIdentify children's bedrooms with red stickers placed in the upper left corner of the windows. They are available from your local fire department.

oPractice a fire drill at least every six months. Practice allows you to test your plan before an emergency. You may not be able to reach your children. It is important they know what to do!

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS

oLeave immediately by your plan of escape. Every second counts, so don't waste time getting dressed or picking up valuables.

oIn leaving, don't open any inside door without first feeling its surface. If hot, or if you see smoke seeping through cracks, don't open that door! Instead, use your alternate exit. If inside door is

cool, place your shoulder against it, open it slightly and be ready to slam it shut if heat and smoke rush in.

o Stay close to the floor if air is smoky. Breathe shallowly through a cloth, wet if possible. o Once outside, go to your selected meeting place and make sure everyone is there.

o Call the fire department from your neighbor's home – not from yours! o Don't return to your home until fire officials say that it is all right to do so.

NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION REQUIRED PROTECTION

For your information, the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 72, reads as follows: “11.5.1 Oneand Two-FamilyDwelling Units. 11.5.1.1 Smoke Detection. Where required by applicable laws, codes, or standards for the specified occupancy, approved singleandmultiple-stationsmoke alarms shall be installed as follows: (1) In all sleeping rooms. Exception: Smoke alarms shall not be required in sleeping rooms in existing oneandtwo-familydwelling units. (2) Outside of each separate sleeping area, in immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms. (3) On each level of the dwelling unit, including basements. Exception: In existing oneandtwo-familydwelling units, approved smoke alarms powered by batteries are permitted.

“A.11.8.3 Are More Smoke Detectors Desirable? The required number of smoke detectors might not provide reliable early warning protection for those areas separated by a door from the areas protected by the required smoke detectors. For this reason, it is recommended that the householder consider the use of additional smoke detectors for those areas for increased protection. The additional areas include the basement, bedrooms, dining room, furnace room, utility room, and hallways not protected by the required smoke detectors. The installation of smoke detectors in kitchens, attics (finished or unfinished), or garages is not normally recommended, as these locations occasionally experience conditions that can result in improper operation.”

The equipment should be installed using wiring methods in accordance with the National Fire ProtectionAssociation’s Standard 72, Chapter 11. (National Fire Protection Association, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269).

THIS PRODUCT IS LISTED TO UL STANDARD FOR SAFETY,

UL217 6TH, BY UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES

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UNIVERSAL FIVE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

Universal Security Instruments, Inc. ("Universal") warrants your Universal product to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase.

This warranty applies only to the original consumer purchaser and only to products used in normal residential use and service. If this product is found to be defective, Universal's only obligation, and your exclusive remedy, is the repair or replacement of the product, at Universal's discretion, provided that the product has not been damaged through misuse, abuse, accident, modifications, alteration, neglect or mishandling. This Warranty shall not apply to any product which is found to have been improperly installed, set-up,or used in any way not in accordance with the instructions supplied with the product. This warranty shall not apply to any batteries used in the product or to any damage which may be caused by such batteries. For repair or replacement, send the defective product to Universal Security Instruments, Inc. at7-AGwynns Mills Court, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117, postage prepaid with a payment of $4.00 to cover the costs of return postage and handling. You must include a proof of purchase (receipt) along with the returned product.

UNIVERSAL DOES NOT WARRANT AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OTHER THAN THE WARRANTY CONTAINED HEREIN. NO IMPLIED WARRANTY ON THIS PRODUCT, CREATED BY STATE LAW, SHALL EXTEND BEYOND THE TERM OF THIS WARRANTY UNLESS SUCH LAW OTHERWISE PROVIDES. UNIVERSAL SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL LOSS OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES TO ANY EQUIPMENT WITH WHICH THIS PRODUCT IS USED.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

No agent, representative, dealer, or employee of the company has the authority to increase or alter the obligations or terms of this Warranty.

This Warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

This Warranty is only valid for merchandise purchased from outlets in the United States and Canada.

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