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PDF Content Summary: Carbon Monoxide Alarm User’s Guide Models: KN-COB-LCB-A ATTENTION: Please take a few minutes to thoroughly read this user’s guide which should be saved for future reference and passed on to any subsequent owner. Manual P/N 820-1281 Rev. B 07/09 2519-7201-03 KN-COB-LCB-A • 120V AC Plug-In • 9V Battery Backup • Tamper Resist Feature What to do When the Alarm Sounds! Carbon Monoxide Alarm Procedure WARNING: Alarm indicates the Activation presence of of the Carbon CO Monoxide (CO) which can kill you. 1) Operate the Test/Reset button; 2) Call your emergency services (Fire Department or 911); PHONE NUMBER: 3) Immediately move to fresh air - outdoors or by an open door/window. Do a head count to check that all persons are accounted for. Do not reenter the premises nor move away from the open door/window until the emergency services responders have arrived, the premises have been aired out, and your alarm remains in its normal condition. 4) After following steps 1-3, if the alarm reactivates within a 24 hour period, repeat steps 1-3 and call a qualified appliance technician to investigate sources of CO from fuel burning equipment and appliances, and to inspect for proper operation of equipment. PHONE NUMBER: If problems are identified during this inspection, have the equip- ment serviced immediately. Note any combustion equipment not inspected by the technician and consult the manufacturer’s instruc- tions, or contact the manufacturer’s directly for more information about CO safety and the equipment. Make sure that motor vehicles are not, or have not been, operating in a garage attached or adja- cent to the residence. Never restart the source of a CO problem until it has been corrected. Never ignore the sound of the alarm! If the alarm is sounding, pressing the test/reset button will terminate the alarm. If the CO condition that caused the alert in the first place continues, the alarm will reactivate. If the unit alarms again within six minutes, it is sensing high levels of CO which can quickly become a dangerous situation. Welcome Note: Many times throughout this User’s Guide, we will refer to Carbon Monoxide as “CO”. This Kidde carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is an important part of your family’s home safety plan. This alarm has been designed and tested to detect CO buildup in a residential environment. Your alarm is for use specifically in the home. As an owner of a CO alarm, there are some basic facts you should know about for your protection. Many people think that CO alarms operate like smoke alarms. Like smoke alarms, CO alarms monitor the air in your home and sound a loud alarm to warn you of trouble. The way you respond to a CO alarm is quite different than a smoke alarm. That’s because a house fire and a CO problem are two distinctly different situations. If your smoke alarm were to alarm, you would quickly be able to judge the level of danger you were in with your senses. You can see and smell the smoke, feel the heat, see, and possibly hear the fire burning. You can also readily see if your smoke alarm is alarming in a non-emergency situation. Because your sense of sight, smell, hearing and touch give you information, you can almost instantly judge what action to take if you hear your smoke alarm. CO is an invisible, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating gas – completely undetectable to your senses. That’s why it is important to your safety that you have a CO alarm. Important Warning Statements IMPORTANT: This carbon monoxide alarm is designed to detect carbon monoxide from ANY source of combustion. It is NOT designed to detect smoke, fire, or any other gas. WARNING: Carbon monoxide alarms are not smoke alarms. This carbon monoxide alarm is not a substitute for installing and maintaining an appropriate number of smoke alarms in your home. This carbon monoxide alarm will not sense smoke, fire, or any poisonous gas other than carbon monoxide even though carbon monoxide can be generated by fire. For this reason you must install smoke alarms to provide early warning of fire and to pro- tect you and your family from fire and its related hazards. CAUTION: This alarm will only indicate the presence of carbon monoxide at the sensor. Carbon monoxide may be present in other areas. Important Warning Statements WARNING: This product is intended for use in ordinary indoor locations of family living units. It is not designed to measure com- pliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), commercial or industrial standards. It is not suitable for installation in hazardous locations as defined in the National Electric Code. The installation of this device should not be used as a substitute for proper installation, use and maintenance of fuel burning appliances, including appropriate ventilation and exhaust sys- tems. It does not prevent CO from occurring, nor can it solve and existing CO problem. WARNING: This device is designed to protect individuals from acute effects of carbon monoxide exposure. It may not fully safe- guard individuals with specific medical conditions. If in doubt, consult a medical practitioner. Individuals with medical problems may consider using warning devices which provide audible and visual signals for carbon monoxide concentrations under 30 PPM. This carbon monoxide alarm requires a continuous supply of elec- trical power – it will not work without power. Models without battery backup will not operate during power failure. This alarm has not been investigated for carbon monoxide detec- tion below 70 PPM. Contents of This User’s Guide 1. Information About Carbon Monoxide 2. Product Features and Specifications 3. Installation Locations 4. Installation Instructions 5. Alarm Characteristics 6. KN-COB-LCB-A Operating Characteristics 7. Maintenance 8. Limited Warranty 1. Information About Carbon Monoxide General Carbon Monoxide Information Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless poison gas that can be fatal when inhaled. CO inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxy- gen. Periodically review this alarm manual and discuss your CO alarm emer- gency procedure with all the members of your family. Never ignore a CO alarm. A true alarm is an indication of potentially dangerous levels of CO. CO alarms are designed to alert you to the presence of CO before an emergency – before most people would experience symptoms of CO poisoning, giving you time to resolve the problem calmly. Determine if anyone in the household is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning. Many cases of reported CO poisoning indicate that while victims are aware they are not well, they become so disoriented they are unable to save themselves by either exiting the building or calling for assistance. Also, young children and household pets may be the first affected. You should take extra precautions to protect high-risk persons from CO exposure because they may experience ill effects from CO at levels that would not ordinarily affect a healthy adult. Symptoms of CO Poisoning The following common symptoms are related to CO poisoning and should be discussed with ALL members of the household. Mild Exposure: Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (often described as “flu-like” symptoms). Medium Exposure: Severe throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate. Extreme Exposure: Unconsciousness, convulsions, cardio-respiratory failure, death. If you experience even mild symptoms of CO poisoning, consult your doctor immediately! 1. Information About Carbon Monoxide Possible Sources of Carbon Monoxide Inside your home, appliances used for heating and cooking are the most likely sources of CO. Vehicles running in attached garages can also produce dangerous levels of CO. CO can be produced when burning any fossil fuel, such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil and wood. It can be produced by any fuel- burning appliance that is malfunctioning, improperly installed, or not ventilated correctly, such as: • Automobiles, furnaces, gas ranges/stoves, gas clothes dryers, water heaters, portable fuel burning space heaters and generators, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and certain swimming pool heaters. • Blocked chimneys or flues, back drafts and changes in air pressure, corroded or disconnected vent pipes, loose or cracked furnace exchangers. • Vehicles and other combustion engines running in an open or closed garage, attached or near a home. • Burning charcoal or fuel in grills and hibachis in an enclosed area. Conditions That Can Produce Carbon Monoxide The following conditions can result in transient CO situations: • Excessive spillage or reverse venting of fuel-burning appliances caused by outdoor ambient conditions, such as, wind direction and/or veloci- ty, including high gusts of wind, heavy air in the vent pipes (cold/humid air with extended periods between cycles). • Negative pressure resulting from the use of exhaust fans. • Simultaneous operation of several fuel-burning appliances competing for limited internal air. • Vent pipe connections vibrating loose from clothes dryers, furnaces, or water heaters. • Obstructions in, or unconventional, vent pipe designs which can amplify the above situations. • Extended operation of unvented fuel-burning devices (range, oven, fireplace, etc.). • Temperature inversions which can trap exhaust gases near the ground. • Vehicle idling in an open or closed garage, or near a home. 1. Information About Carbon Monoxide To be safe, know the possible sources of CO in your home. Keep fuel- burning appliances and their chimneys and vents in good working condi- tion. Learn the early symptoms of exposure, and if you suspect CO poi- soning, move outside to fresh air and get emergency help. Your first line of defense is an annual inspection and regular maintenance of your appliances. Contact a licensed contractor or call your local utility compa- ny for assistance. Information About Carbon Monoxide Alarms – What They Can and Cannot Do: CO alarms provide early warning of the presence of CO, usually before a healthy adult would experience symptoms. This early warning is possible, however, only if your CO alarm is located, installed and maintained as described in this guide. Because carbon monoxide is a cumulative poison, long-term exposures to low levels may cause symptoms, as well as short-term exposures to high levels. This Kidde unit has a time-weighted alarm – the higher the level of CO present, the sooner the alarm will be triggered. This CO alarm can only warn you of the presence of CO. It does not prevent CO from occurring, nor can it solve an existing CO problem. If your unit has alarmed and you’ve provided ventilation by leaving your windows and doors open, the CO buildup may have dissipated by the time help responds. Although your problem may appear to be temporarily solved, it’s crucial that the source of the CO is determined and that the appropriate repairs are made. This CO alarm is designed to act as a monitor; it is not designed for use as a short-term testing device to perform a quick check for the presence of CO. CO alarms have limitations. Like any other electronic device, CO alarms are not fool-proof. CO alarms have a limited operational life. You must test your CO alarm weekly, because it could fail to operate at any time. If your CO alarm fails to test properly, or if its self-diagnostic test reveals a malfunction, immediately have the unit replaced. This alarm will not monitor CO levels while in an error condition. CO alarms can only sense CO that reaches the unit’s sensor. It’s possible that CO may be present in other areas without reaching the alarm. The rate and ability that which CO reaches the alarm may be affected by: • Doors or other obstructions. • Fresh air from a vent, an open window or other source. 1. Information About Carbon Monoxide • CO being present on one level of the home and not reach a CO alarm installed on a different level. (For example, CO in the basement may not reach an alarm on the second level, near the bedrooms). For these reasons, we recommend you provide complete coverage by placing a CO alarm on every level of the home. Please carefully read all information on properly installing this CO alarm. CO alarms should not be used to detect the presence of natural gas (methane), propane, butane, or other combustible fuels. 2. Product Features and Specifications Model KN-COB-LCB-A Tamper-Resist Disable Switch Tamper-Resist Activation Switch (see Normal Operating Characteristics) 9 Volt Screw Battery Door (used with Tamper-Resist Feature) 2. Product Features and Specifications Tamper-Resist Feature This is an alert to notify consumers the unit has been unplugged or has come loose from the outlet. This feature is not activated for two minutes after power is first supplied to give you time to plug the unit in after activating the battery. This feature is also disabled once the battery volt- age has reached a level to cause a low battery warning chirp. This can be defeated for two minutes by pressing the Test button while the unit is removed from the plug to allow the battery to be changed without the 85dB alarm sounding. The feature can also be disabled by pressing in the Tamper-Resist Activation switch and moving the disable slide towards the switch. Use the included screw to secure the battery cover and increase tamper resistance. Low Battery Warning If the 9V battery is missing or battery power is low, the unit will chirp every 15 seconds to indicate the battery must be replaced. If the battery is depleted beyond the point of having the capacity to operate the unit, it will chirp every 30 to 45 seconds and will NOT respond to the test button being pressed if operating on battery power. THE BATTERY MUST BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY! 2. Product Features and Specifications Low Battery HUSH® CONTROL When the battery needs to be replaced, the unit will produce a low bat- tery warning. The Low Battery HUSH® feature allows you to press the button on the alarm and disable the “chirp” for a random period of up to 12 hours. This gives you a chance to replace the battery at a more convenient time without sacrificing your safety by disconnecting the alarm from power. During this Low Battery HUSH® period, your alarm is monitoring for CO. IMPORTANT: Seven (7) years after the initial power up, this alarm will “beep” two times every 30 seconds to indicate that it is time to replace the alarm. Replace the alarm immediately! It will not detect CO in this condition. To help identify the date to replace the alarm, a label has been affixed to the side of the alarm. Write the “replace by” date (seven years from power up) in a permanent marker on this label. Temperature: Operating Range: 40°F (4.4°C) to 100°F (37.8°C) Humidity: Operating range: 10-95% non-condensing Audible Alarm: 85+ dB at 10’ @ 3.4±0.5 KHz pulsing alarm Sensor: Electrochemical Power: 120 volts AC, 60 Hz, 60 mA max, 9 volt battery back-up Alarm Response Times: 70 PPM = 60-240 min., 150 PPM = 10-50 min., 400 PPM = 4-15 min.

3. Installation Locations Recommended Installation Locations CO alarms should be mounted in or near bedrooms and living areas. It is recommended that you install a Kidde CO alarm on each level of your home. When choosing your installation loca- tions, make sure you can hear the alarm from all sleeping areas. If you Recommended Locations

install only one CO alarm in your home, install it near bedrooms, not in the basement or furnace room. • When wall mounting, place out of reach of children. Under no cir- cumstances should children be allowed to handle the CO alarm. Locations To Avoid IMPORTANT: Improper location can affect the sensitive electronic com- ponents in this alarm. To avoid causing damage to the unit, to provide optimum performance, and to prevent unnecessary nuisance alarms: • Do not install in kitchens, garages or furnace rooms that may expose the sensor to substances that could damage or contaminate it. • Do not install in areas where the temperature is colder than 40°F (4.4°C) or hotter than 100°F (37.8°C) such as crawl spaces, attics, porches and garages. • Do not install within 5 ft. of heating or cooking appliances. (Kidde recommends 15 ft. to prevent nuisance alarms). • Do not install near vents, flues, chimneys or any forced/unforced air ventilation openings. • Do not install near ceiling fans, doors, windows or areas directly exposed to the weather. • Do not install in dead air spaces, such as peaks of vaulted ceilings or gabled roofs, where CO may not reach the sensor in time to provide early warning. • Do not install this unit near deep-cell large batteries. Large batteries have emissions that can cause the alarm to perform at less than opti- mum performance. • Do not obstruct the vents located on the alarm. Do not place the alarm where drapes, furniture or other objects block the flow of air to the vents. • Do not install on a switched or dimmer-controlled outlet.

4. Installation Instructions How to Install Your Alarm Direct Plug Alarm To install: 1. Choose a standard 120V unswitched outlet to plug the alarm into. 2. Pull the yellow tab to activate the battery backup. 3. Plug the alarm into the outlet. CAUTION: Do not rotate the alarm while it is Direct Plug-In plugged into an outlet, as damage to plug may result. Important Labels Provided

Two labels have been provided that have important information on what to do in case of an alarm. Add the phone number of your emergency service provider in the space provided. Place one label next to the alarm after it is mounted, and one label near a fresh air source such as a door or window. 5. Alarm Characteristics Carbon Monoxide Alarm Indicator When the alarm senses a dangerous level of CO, the unit will emit a loud alarm pattern. The alarm pattern is 4 quick beeps followed by 5 seconds of silence. This cycle repeats as long as a dangerous CO condi- tions exist. The red Alarm LED will flash the same pattern. WARNING: When powered by battery backup only; after four minutes, the alarm will sound and flash only once every minute, until the alarm is reset or the CO is eliminated. 6.Operating Characteristics When you first power up the alarm: The alarm will sound briefly, then the green Operate LED will light. This indicates that the CO alarm is receiving power and that the alarm circuit is functioning. Within a few minutes, your carbon monoxide alarm will start monitoring for CO and will continue to do so as long as it receives power. When the CO alarm loses power: If you have a good 9V battery installed, the alarm will automatically switch to the battery backup mode and the green LED will flash approximately every 10 seconds. The unit will continue to operate normally and detect CO for at least 20 hours. When AC power is restored, the alarm will automatically switch back to normal operating mode and the green LED will come on continuously. When the CO alarm is unplugged: If the unit is unplugged it will pro- duce a constant tone until the battery is removed or the unit is plugged back into the wall unless the Tamper-Resist feature has been deactivated or disabled. Observe the CO alarm regularly to make sure the green Operate LED is on, indicating normal operation. If the green Operate LED is not on, unplug the CO alarm, then plug it in again. This will clear the alarm for restart. If the green Operate LED does not light, your CO alarm may be malfunctioning. When the CO alarm detects an error condition: If the unit detects an internal error or malfunction, it will produce one beep every 30 seconds with a red LED flash. If error condition continues, replace the CO alarm immediately. Unit will not respond to CO in this condition. 7. Maintenance NOTE: This unit is sealed. The cover is not removable. Due to the loudness of the alarm, we suggest that you place your fingers over the sounder opening while testing your alarm. CAUTION: Continuous exposure to the high sound level of this alarm over an extended period of time may cause hearing loss. Testing To test the CO alarm, press and release the Test/Reset button, you will hear 4 quick beeps – followed by 5 seconds of silence – followed by 4 quick beeps. Notice the red Alarm LED flashes when the unit alarms. The alarm will then return to monitoring for carbon monoxide. NOTE: You do not need to press the Test button to take a CO reading. Battery Replacement WARNING: If at any time you test the alarm and it does not perform as described, have it replaced immediately. NOTE: This CO alarm is not battery operated. However, this alarm is equipped with 9 volt battery backup – the 9 volt battery is to supply short term back-up during a power outage. Remove the screw, if it has been used, that is holding the battery door located on the bottom of the unit. Slide the battery door in the direc- tion of the arrows to release it. Remove the battery and replace it with one of the following approved replacement batteries: • Energizer 522 • Duracell MN1604, MX1604 • GoldPeak 1604P • Ultralife lithium U9VL-J Replace the battery door and re-install the screw if it is used. Any of these batteries can be purchased where you bought the alarm or at your local hardware store. IMPORTANT: Constant exposures to high or low humidity may reduce battery life. A good safety measure is to replace the battery at least once a year, or at the same time as you change your clocks for daylight saving time. After installing or changing the battery, reinstall your alarm. Test your alarm by using the Test/Reset button and check that the green Operate LED is on. 7. Maintenance Maintenance Tips To keep your alarm in good working order, you must follow these steps: • Test the alarm once a week by pressing the Test/Reset button. • Vacuum the alarm cover once a month to remove accumulated dust. • Instruct children never to touch, unplug or otherwise interfere with the unit. Warn children of the dangers of CO poisoning. • Never use detergents or solvents to clean the alarm. Chemicals can permanently damage or temporarily contaminate the sensor. • Avoid spraying air fresheners, hair spray, paint or other aerosols near the alarm. • Do not paint the unit. Paint will seal the vents and interfere with proper sensor operation. Move the CO Alarm to a remote location, to prevent possible damage or contamination of the sensor, prior to performing any of the following: • Staining or stripping floors or furniture, painting or wall-papering • Using aerosols or adhesives WARNING: Reinstall the CO Alarm as soon as possible to assure contin- uous protection. The following is a list of substances that at high levels can damage the sensor or cause temporary readings that are not CO readings: • Ethylene, ethanol, alcohol, iso-propanol, benzene, toluene, ethyl acetate, hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. • Also most aerosol sprays, alcohol based products, paint, thinner, sol- vent, adhesive, hair spray, after shave, perfume, auto exhaust (cold start) and some cleaning agents. FIVE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY Warranty Coverage: The manufacturer warrants to the original consumer purchaser, that this product (except battery) will be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from date of purchase. The manufacturer’s liability hereunder is limited to replacement of the product, repair of the product or replacement of the product with repaired product at the discretion of the manufacturer. This warranty is void if the product has been damaged by accident, unreasonable use, neglect, tampering or other causes not arising from defects in material or workmanship. This warranty extends to the original consumer purchaser of the product only. Warranty Disclaimers: Any implied warranties arising out of this sale, including but not limited to the implied warranties of description, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited in duration to the above warranty period. In no event shall the Manufacturer be liable for loss of use of this product or for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, or costs, or expenses incurred by the consumer or any other user of this product, whether due to a breach of contract, negligence, strict liability in tort or otherwise. The Manufacturer shall have no liability for any personal injury, property damage or any special, incidental, contingent or consequential damage of any kind resulting from gas leakage, fire or explosion. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential or incidental damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. Legal Remedies: This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state. Warranty Performance: During the above warranty period, your product will be replaced with a comparable product if the defective product is returned in a postage paid package to the following address: Kidde, Customer Service Department, 1016 Corporate Park Drive, Mebane, NC 27302 USA, together with proof of purchase date. Please include a note describing the problem when you return the unit. The replacement product will be in warranty for the remainder of the original warranty period or for six months, whichever is longer. Other than the cost of postage, no charge will be made for replacement of the defective product. In many cases the quickest way to exchange your alarm is to return it to the original place of purchase. If you have questions, call Kidde customer service department. IMPORTANT: Do not remove unit back cover. Back cover removal will void warranty. Your Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm is not a substitute for property, disability, life or other insurance of any kind. Appropriate insurance coverage is your responsibility. Consult your insurance agent. Also, Kidde makes no warranty, express or implied, written or oral, including that of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose, with respect to the battery. The above warranty may not be altered except in writing signed by both parties hereto. QUESTIONS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION Call our Consumer Hotline at 1-800-880-6788 or contact us at our website at Kidde, 1016 Corporate Park Drive, Mebane, NC 27302







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