Part one – your nighthawk co alarm – Nighthawk KN-COPP-3 User Manual

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Part One – Your Nighthawk CO Alarm

How to Know If Your Alarm is Malfunctioning
Never ignore a CO alarm. A true alarm is an indication of poten-
tially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. CO alarms are
designed to alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide before
an emergency, before most people would experience symptoms
of carbon monoxide poisoning, giving you time to resolve the
problem calmly.

How to Care for Your Alarm
To keep your alarm in good working order, you must follow
these simple steps:

• Test the alarm once a month by pressing the Test/Reset

button (see page 1-5,6).

• Vacuum the alarm cover once a month to remove

accumulated dust. Use the soft brush attachment of your
vacuum cleaner, and unplug the alarm from the electrical
outlet before vacuuming.

• Instruct children never to touch, unplug or otherwise interfere

with the alarm. 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 alarm. Paint will seal the vents and

interfere with proper sensor operation.

• Do not mount the alarm directly above or near a diaper pail,

as high amounts of methane gas can cause temporary readings
on the digital display.

Note: If you will be staining or stripping wood floors or furniture,
painting, wall-papering, or using aerosols or adhesives for a do-it-
yourself project or hobby, before you begin: Remove the alarm
to a remote location to prevent possible damage to or conta-
mination of the sensor.
You may wish to unplug the alarm and
store in a plastic bag during the project.

The following is a list of substances that at high levels can affect
the sensor and cause temporary readings on the digital display that
are not carbon monoxide readings:
Methane, propane, iso-butane, ethylene, ethanol, alcohol,
iso-propanol, benzene, toluene, ethyl acetate, hydrogen,
hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxides.

Also most aerosol sprays, alcohol based products, paints,
thinners, solvents, adhesives, hair sprays, aftershaves, per-
fumes, auto exhaust
(cold start) and some cleaning agents.

The Peak Level Memory Button
Although the peak level feature will display levels below 30 PPM, these lev-
els will not result in an alarm no matter how long the device is exposed to
these levels.
The peak level feature is helpful in indentifying low level CO occurrences
below 30 PPM. Although the unit will not automatically display levels below
30 PPM, it will detect and store these readings in memory. By pressing the
peak level button, concentration levels as low as 11 and up to 999 PPM will
be displayed.
Concentrations of CO between 0 and 30 PPM can often occur in normal,
everyday conditions. Concentrations of CO below 30 PPM may be an indi-
cation of a transient condition that may appear today and never reappear.
Just a few examples of conditions and/or sources that may cause low level
readings are heavy automobile traffic, a running vehicle in an attached
garage, an appliance that emits CO when starting up, a fire in a fireplace or
charcoal in a nearby barbecue. A temperature inversion can trap CO gen-
erated by traffic and other fuel burning appliances causing low level read-
ings of CO.
Normally, the digital display will read “0” and under certain conditions you
may notice levels of 30 or more for short periods of time, by using the Peak
level memory feature on the Nighthawk CO alarm you can view concentra-
tions of CO between 11 and 30 PPM. Use the low-level concentrations
shown in memory as a tool in identifying the source of the CO. It may be
helpful to purchase additional Nighthawk CO Alarms to place in different
locations throughout your house to isolate the CO source. Monitor the CO
concentrations shown in the peak level memory to see if readings occur in
certain areas at certain times of the day, or near a particular appliance.
Once the source is located, correcting the problem may be as easy as open-
ing a window, venting an appliance, backing a car out of the garage a safe
distance from living quarters, closing the garage door, and letting the car
warm up outside. It could be possible that a weather condition caused the
low-level reading and the condition may or may not happen again.
Some CO conditions may start out as low level leaks but could develop into
CO concentrations that could become harmful. If this happens, the CO alarm
will detect the dangerous level and alarm, notifying you and others of the
conditions. DO NOT ignore high concentration readings above 30 PPM or
a CO alarming device that is in alarm. Refer to page 4-1 for more details.
CO concentrations displayed below 30 PPM in memory are for reference
only and the accuracy of the concentration shown may not be as accurate as
noted on page 5-1.
To Reset the Peak Level Memory…
Step 1.
Press the peak level button.
Step 2. With the peak level button still pressed, press the test/reset but-
ton for two seconds and release.
The number on the display will turn to “0”. The memory has now been
cleared and the alarm will begin monitoring for CO within a few minutes.




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