How To Activate a First Alert Smoke Alarm

How To Activate a First Alert Smoke Alarm

What is First Alert Smoke Alarm?

First Alert offers a complete line of reliable smoke alarms for your home. Our 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms provide hassle-free protection by eliminating the need for battery replacements and late-night low battery chirps for a decade!

How To Activate a First Alert Smoke Alarm

To activate the P1210, install it on the ceiling or wall and twist it onto the mounting bracket. That’s it! You’ll hear a chirp when the unit activates. To make sure everything is working smoothly, press the Test button.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is a Smoke Alarm activated?

Smoke alarms detect fires by sensing small particles in the air using a couple of different kinds of technologies. Once they detect those particles above a certain level, they signal the alarm to sound so that you and your family can get to safety and call 911.

How do I know if my First Alert smoke detector is working?

Push and hold test button until the alarm sounds: 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause. If the unit does not alarm during testing, DO NOT lock the battery compartment! Install a new battery and test again. If the Smoke Alarm still does not alarm, replace it immediately.

How do you deactivate a First Alert Smoke Alarm?

Use thumb to pull deactivation tab outward until tab snaps into place. This will discharge the powercell and deactivate the unit.

Why is my First Alert smoke alarm not working?

Your battery may not be installed properly or snapped all the way in place. Even if the alarm sounded briefly when the battery touched the terminals, you still need to make sure it is snapped securely in place. If the battery is loose, it cannot power the smoke alarm properly.

Why is my First Alert going off no smoke?

If the alarm continues to go off and no smoke is present, the cause may be: There may be insufficient battery power. Try another battery. Problems with voltage or insufficient electrical power (brown out) may cause a continuous weak sounding alarm.

Do smoke alarms go off without smoke?

Dust and other particles can easily build up in the ionization chamber, causing false alarms. Insects and pests can also find their way into the chamber, disrupting the flow of ions and triggering the alarm. Moisture is another common cause of false alarms.

How do I know if my First Alert smoke alarm battery is low?

If your alarm is sounding the low-battery “chirp” about once per 30-60 seconds, it’s time to replace your battery. Alarms with removeable (non-sealed) batteries need fresh batteries about once per year.

Why is the red light blinking on my First Alert smoke alarm?

First Alert and BRK alarms have a power indicator light to show you that your alarm is receiving power. Some alarms have a red or green light that blinks every few minutes, while other models blink rapidly or shine a solid light. The light isn’t a cause for concern unless the alarm is also beeping or chirping.

How long does a First Alert smoke detector last?

10 years

Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture. Combo smoke/CO alarms should be replaced after 5-7 years (depending on the model). Put the alarm back on the ceiling or wall if it is less than 10 years old. Replace alarm(s) older than 10 years with new units.

Where is reset button on First Alert smoke detector?

Press and hold the test/silence button for 20 seconds. You’ll find this on the front of your detector. Reconnect all power sources (reconnect the wiring or plug back into the outlet). Your alarm should now be reset.