How To Activate a First Alert Smoke Detector

How To Activate a First Alert Smoke Detector

What is First Alert Smoke Detector?

This First Alert Hardwired Smoke Alarm wires directly into your home’s electrical system. This hardwired smoke detector uses an ionization smoke sensor to reliably detect smoke from hot, fast-flaming fires. This alarm comes equipped with a battery backup and a mute button.

How To Activate a First Alert Smoke Detector

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 detector 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 detector?

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.

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.

How long does it take for a smoke detector to detect smoke?

Ionization smoke detectors respond faster (typically 30–60 seconds) to the flaming stage of a fire. The smoke from the flaming stage of a fire is typically made up of microscopic combustion particles between 0.01 and 0.3 µm. Also, ionization detectors are weaker in high air flow environments.

How do you know if a smoke detector is on?

Many smoke detectors are equipped with a light that indicates the unit is receiving power. However, you should still use the test button to ensure that the alarm will sound properly.

How do smoke detectors beep?

Smoke alarms alert you with three beeps in a row. Carbon monoxide alarms alert you with four beeps. A single chirp means the battery is low or the detector should be replaced.

What are the lights on the First Alert smoke detector?

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.