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suavito 5:04pm on Monday, October 18th, 2010 
easy to use I really like this weather radio. The directions made it easy to set up and it is very simple to use.
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Excellent to keep you safe! Within one week of getting his First Alert Radio I was warned of impending bad weather. The settings are great. Stopped working after a year It was fantastic - while it worked. I particularly appreciated being able to choose which alerts I wanted to receive.
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Fire Protection

Alarms When an alarm occurs, both the keypad and external sounders sound, and the keypad displays the zone(s) causing the alarm. If your system is connected to a central monitoring station, an alarm message is also sent. To stop the alarm sounding, simply disarm the system. When an alarm condition occurs, the keypad displays the number(s) of the zone(s) that caused the problem, and displays the type of alarm (ex. FIRE, ALARM). It remains displayed until it is cleared by disarming the system (see DISARMING THE SYSTEM section). Your system may include a voice module that will permit you to access the system via a Touchtone phone, either on-premises or by call-in when away. The phone access feature will enable you to do the following: Receive synthesized voice messages over the telephone regarding the status of the security system. Arm and disarm the system and perform most function commands via the telephone, with voice confirmation provided after each command entry. Complete information regarding the use of this feature is provided in a separate manual entitled PHONE ACCESS USER'S GUIDE, which accompanies the voice module. If the paging feature has been programmed for your system, your pager will respond to certain conditions as they occur in your system, and display code numbers indicating the type of condition that has occurred. For detailed information, refer to PAGING FEATURE section later in this manual.

Memory of Alarm

Phone Access & Voice Response Capability

Paging Feature

General Information Your system has preset time delays, known as exit delay and entry delay. Whenever you arm your system, exit delay gives you time to leave through the designated exit door without setting off an alarm. Exit delay begins immediately after entering any arming command, and applies to all modes of arming protection. Slow beeps will sound throughout the exit delay period, if programmed. Restarting Exit Delay While Armed: Your system may have been programmed to allow you to restart the exit delay after the system has been armed in STAY mode. This is useful if you wish to open the entry/exit door to let someone in after arming the system and avoids having to disarm the system and then re-arm it again. If programmed, you can restart the exit delay by pressing the [D ] key. Ask your installer if this feature is active for your system. Entry Delays give you time to disarm the system when you re-enter through the designated entrance door. But you must disarm the system before the entry delay period ends, or an alarm will occur. The keypad beeps during the entry delay period, reminding you to disarm the system. There are two entry delays (if programmed). The first is for your primary entrance and the second may be used for a secondary entrance, where a longer delay is required to walk to the keypad to disarm the system. You can also arm the system with no entry delay at all by using either INSTANT or MAXIMUM arming modes. These modes provide greater security while on the premises or while away for extended periods of time. See your installer for your delay times. Partition 1 Exit Delay: seconds Entry Delay 1: Entry Delay 2: Partition 2 Exit Delay: seconds Entry Delay 1: Entry Delay 2: 7 seconds seconds seconds seconds

1. DISPLAY WINDOW. Alpha Keypad: A 2-line, 32-character Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). Displays protection zone identification, system status, and messages. Fixed-Word Keypad: Displays protection zone ID and system status messages using pre-designated words. 2. OFF KEY: Disarms burglary portion of the sys tem, silences alarms and audible trouble indicators, and clears visual display after problem's correction. 3. AWAY KEY: Arms the entire burglary system, perimeter and interior. 4. STAY KEY: Arms perimeter portion of burglary system only. Interior protection is not armed, which allows movement within premises without causing alarm. 5. MAXIMUM KEY: Arms in manner similar to AWAY mode, but without the entry delay feature, thus providing maximum protection. An alarm will occur im mediately upon opening any protection point, including the main door. 6. TEST KEY: Tests the system and alarm sounder if disarmed. Refer to TESTING THE SYSTEM section for test procedures. 7. BYPASS KEY: Removes individual protection zones from being monitored by the system. 8. INSTANT KEY: Arms in manner similar to STAY mode, but without the entry delay feature. Entering via the entry/exit door will cause an instant alarm. 9. CODE KEY: Used to assign additional user codes for other users of the system. 10. CHIME KEY: Turns CHIME mode on and off. When on, the opening of windows or doors while the system is disarmed will sound 3 beeps at the keypad(s). 11. 12.
READY KEY: Displays all open protection zones.
# KEY: "Quick Arm" key permits ARMING of the system without the use of a security code (if so programmed). 13. KEYS 09: Used to enter your security code(s). See Note on next page.
14. READY INDICATOR: (GREEN) Lit when the system is ready to be armed (no faults present). While the system is disarmed, this indicator will go on and off as protection zones are closed and opened. 15. ARMED INDICATOR: (RED) Lit when the system has been armed (STAY, AWAY, INSTANT or MAXIMUM). 16. INTERNAL SOUNDER: The built-in keypad sounder mimics the alarm sounder during alarms, and will also "beep" during certain system functions (see SUMMARY OF AUDIBLE/ VISUAL NOTIFICATION). 17. EMERGENCY (PANIC) KEYS: Individual keys A, B, and C (key D not used). On some keypads, these keys are not present and certain key pairs may be available for emergency functions. For further information, refer to the PANIC KEYS section.

IMPORTANT!: When entering codes and commands, sequential key depressions must be made within 2 seconds of one another. If 2 seconds elapses without a key depression, the entry is aborted and must be repeated from its beginning.


Fixed-Word Keypads are functionally similar, except for screen displays (see page 10).


Using the D READY Key Before arming your system, all protected doors, windows and other protection zones must be closed or bypassed (see BYPASSING section). Otherwise the keypad will display a "Not Ready" message. Using the READY key will display all zones that are faulted, making it easier for you to secure any open zones. To show faulted zones:
Note: Keypads light a green READY indicator when system is ready. If not lit, the system is not ready to be armed. PRESS THE READY KEY Do not enter the security code, but simply press the READY key. SECURE FAULTED ZONES Typical fault display shows open zones. Secure or bypass the zones displayed before arming the system. SYSTEM CAN BE ARMED The "Ready" message will be displayed when all protection zones have been either closed or bypassed. You may now arm the system as usual.


(With Entry Delay ON)
Using the 3 STAY key Use this key when you are staying home, but might expect someone to use the entrance door later. When armed in STAY mode, the system will sound an alarm if a protected door or window is opened, but you may otherwise move freely throughout the premises. Late arrivals can enter through the entrance door without causing an alarm, but they must disarm the system within the entry delay period or an alarm will occur. Close all protected perimeter windows and doors before arming (see CHECKING FOR OPEN ZONES section). The green READY indicator on the keypad should be lit if the system is ready to be armed.

1. (Security Code)


ARME D *** S T AY ***

LISTEN FOR 3 BEEPS The keypad will beep three times and will display the armed STAY message. The red ARMED indicator also lights.
If you wish to open the entry/exit door to let someone in after arming STAY, you can re-start the exit delay at any time (if programmed) simply press the [ D] key, and then let that person in. This will avoid having to disarm the system and then re-arm it again.

(With Entry Delay OFF)

7 Using the INSTANT Key Use this key when you are staying home and do not expect anyone to use the entrance door. When armed in INSTANT mode, the system will sound an alarm if a protected door or window is opened, but you may otherwise move freely throughout the premises. The alarm will also sound immediately if anyone opens the entrance door. Close all protected perimeter windows and doors before arming (see CHECKING FOR OPEN ZONES section). The green READY indicator on the keypad should be lit if the system is ready to be armed.

(Security Code)



LISTEN FOR 3 BEEPS The keypad will beep three times and will display the armed INSTANT message. The red ARMED indicator also lights.


2 Using the AWAY Key Use this key when no one will be staying on the premises. When armed in AWAY mode, the system will sound an alarm if a protected door or window is opened, or if any movement is detected inside the premises. You may leave through the entrance door during the exit delay period without causing an alarm. You may also re-enter through the entrance door, but must disarm the system within the entry delay period or an alarm will occur. Close all protected perimeter windows and doors before arming (see CHECKING FOR OPEN ZONES section). The green READY indicator on the keypad should be lit if the system is ready to be armed.
The "You May Exit Now" portion of the message disappears when the exit delay expires.
LISTEN The keypad will beep twice, or beep continuously if an exit warning has been programmed for your system, and displays the armed AWAY message. The red ARMED indicator also lights.

2-Partition AWAY Arming

In a two-partition system, you can arm both partitions in the AWAY mode at the same time if the same master code is assigned to both partitions. You can do this from either partition's keypad. This procedure is not applicable to disarming or any other system function.


2-Partition AWAY Arming (Continued) To arm both partitions, first make sure both partitions are READY TO ARM.


(Master Code)
ENTER MASTER CODE THEN PRESS AWAY TWICE Example: and press the AWAY key, then press the AWAY key again. The first press of AWAY arms the local partition, the second press of AWAY arms the other (remote) partition. The Armed Away display should appear, and remain displayed (with exit warning beeps, if programmed) throughout the exit delay period if both partitions were successfully armed AWAY. The red ARMED indicator should also light. If the READY TO ARM message re-appears when the second AWAY key press is made, both partitions have failed to arm due to an open zone in the remote partition. If the remote partition is not ready to arm, neither partition will arm when using this particular procedure.
4 Using the MAXIMUM Key Use this key when the premises will be vacant for extended periods of time such as vacations, etc., or when no one will be moving through protected interior areas. When armed in MAXIMUM mode, the system will sound an alarm if a protected door or window is opened, or if any movement is detected inside the premises. You may leave through the entrance door during the exit delay period without causing an alarm, but an alarm will be sounded as soon as someone re-enters. Close all protected perimeter windows and doors before arming (see CHECKING FOR OPEN ZONES section). The green READY indicator on the keypad should be lit if the system is ready to be armed.

+ (Security Code)

LISTEN The keypad will beep twice, or beep continuously if exit warning has been programmed for your system, and will display the armed MAXIMUM message (AWAY/INSTANT on fixed-word keypads). The red ARMED indicator also lights.
1 Using the OFF Key Use the OFF key to disarm the system and to silence alarm and trouble sounds. See "SUMMARY OF AUDIBLE NOTIFICATIONS" section for information which will help you to distinguish between FIRE and BURGLARY alarm sounds. IMPORTANT: If you return and the main burglary sounder is on, DO NOT enter the premises, but call the police from a nearby safe location. If you return after an alarm has occurred and the main sounder has shut itself off, the keypad will beep rapidly upon entering, indicating that an alarm has occurred during your absence and an intruder may still be on the premises. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY and CONTACT THE POLICE from a nearby safe location. To disarm the system and silence burglary alarms:

ENTER SECURITY CODE, THEN PRESS OFF Example: then press the OFF key.
* * * DISARME D * * * RE ADY T O ARM
LISTEN FOR 1 BEEP The Ready message will be displayed (if no alarms have occurred while armed) and the keypad will beep once to confirm that the system is disarmed.
If an alarm occurs, the keypad displays the zone number (s) that caused the alarm and the type of alarm. These messages remain displayed until cleared by a user. To clear the display, note the zone number displayed and repeat step 1 above. If the Ready message will not display, go to the displayed zone and correct the fault (close windows, etc.). If the fault cannot be corrected, notify your alarm company.
Using the 6 BYPASS Key This key is used when you want to arm your system with one or more zones intentionally unprotected. Bypassed zones are unprotected and will not cause an alarm when violated while your system is armed. All bypasses are removed when an OFF sequence (security code plus OFF) is performed. Bypasses are also removed if the arming procedure that follows the bypass command is not successful. The system will not allow fire zones to be bypassed. To bypass zones, the system must be disarmed first.

(Zone Numbers)

ENTER ZONE NUMBERS Enter the zone number(s) for the zones to be bypassed (e.g., 01, 02, 03, etc.). Important! All single-digit numbers must be preceded by a zero (for example, enter 01 for zone 1). WAIT The keypad will display the word BYPASS along with each bypassed zone number. Wait for these zones to be displayed, to be sure that intended zones are bypassed. ARM AS USUAL Arm the system as usual when the keypad displays the "Ready message.



Typical bypass message

Quick Bypass Your system may allow you to easily bypass all open (faulted) zones without having to enter zone numbers individually. Ask your installer if this feature is active. All open (faulted) zones All open zones, plus these zones as checked: 17


General Information Your system may be set up so that certain lights or other devices can be turned on or off by using the device command from the keypad. Ask your installer if this has been done in your system. If programmed for your system, some devices may activate automatically upon certain system conditions. In this case, the following commands can be used to override the device activation. See your installer for a full explanation of this feature. ENTER SECURITY CODE THEN PRESS + (Security Code) # + 7 # + 7 + DEVICE NUMBER

To activate devices

+ (Device Number)
Example: then press [#], then press [7], then enter the number representing the device you wish to activate. See your installer for device numbers assigned for your system. To de-activate devices


(Device Number)
Example: then press [#], then press [8], then enter the number representing the device you wish to de-activate. See your installer for device numbers assigned for your system.
Device Description Device Description


If the paging feature has been programmed for your system, a pager will respond to certain conditions as they occur in your system by displaying a 10-digit code that will indicate the type of condition that has occurred. The 10-digit code will use the following format: SSSSEEENNN SSSS will be your particular 4-digit subscriber No. (this same number will always appear at the beginning of the display on your pager). EEE will be a 3-digit number that describes the event that has occurred in your system (see explanation below). NNN will be a 3-digit User or a zone number, depending on the type of event that has occurred. The 3-digit Event Codes (EEE) that can be displayed are: 911 = Alarm (NNN that follows this code will be the zone number that has caused the alarm) 001 = Open, System disarmed (NNN that follows this code will be the User number) 002 = Close, System armed (NNN that follows this code will be the User number) 811 = Trouble (NNN that follows this code will be the zone number that has caused the trouble)
Example 1. Pager displays: 4 This indicates that your system (Subscriber No. 1234) is reporting an Alarm (911), due to zone 4 (004) being faulted. Example 2. Pager displays:
5 This indicates that your system (Subscriber No. 1234) is reporting an open/disarming (001) by User 5 (005).


General Information As an additional safety feature, other users who do not have a need to know your code can be assigned different security codes. These secondary users are identified by "user numbers," which are selected when assigning a user's security code. You can assign up to 14 additional user codes (user numbers 03-16), including the babysitter and duress codes. Note that the master (primary) user of the system is the only one who can assign codes to secondary (or temporary) users, and is user number 02; user number 01 is reserved for the installer of the system. All codes can be used interchangeably when performing system functions (a system armed with one user's code can be disarmed by another user's code), with the exception of the babysitter code described below. Babysitter Code This code can be used to arm the system in assigned partitions, but cannot disarm the system unless the system was armed with this code. This code is typically assigned to someone (such as a babysitter) who has a need to arm/disarm the system only at certain times. The babysitter code is assigned to user 15. The user of this code should not use the Quick Arming feature described below. Duress Code This feature is intended for use when you are forced to disarm or arm the system under threat. When used, the system will act normally, but can silently notify the alarm monitoring company of your situation, if that service has been provided. Duress code is assigned to user 16. Important: This code is useful only when the system is connected to a alarm monitoring company. Note that if "Quick Arming" was programmed by the installer, the # key can be pressed in place of the security code when arming the system. The security code must always be used to disarm the system, however.


7. POWER indicator (if present) is off. AC LOSS is displayed (or NO AC)
8. Busy-Standby (or dI ) 9. OPEN CIRCUIT (or OC) 10. Long Rng Trbl (or bF)
General Your fire alarm system (if installed) is active 24 hours a day, providing continuous protection. In the event of an emergency, the installed smoke and heat detectors will automatically activate you security system, triggering a loud, interrupted sound from the Keypad. An interrupted sound will also be produced by optional exterior sounders. A FIRE message will appear at your Keypad and remain on until you silence and clear the alarm display. Should you become aware of a fire emergency before your detectors sense the problem, go to your nearest Keypad and press the single panic key (or panic key pair) assigned as FIRE emergency (if programmed by the installer) and hold down for at least 2 seconds. The alarm will sound. 2. Evacuate all occupants from the premises. 3. If flames and/or smoke are present, leave the premises and notify your local Fire Department immediately. 4. If no flames or smoke are apparent, investigate the cause of the alarm. The zone descriptor of the zone(s) in an alarm condition will appear at the Keypad. 1. Silence the alarm by pressing the OFF key. To clear the alarm display, enter your code and press the OFF key again. 2. If the Keypad indicates a trouble condition after the second OFF sequence, check that smoke detectors are not responding to smoke or heat producing objects in their vicinity. Should this be the case, eliminate the source of heat or smoke. 3. If this does not remedy the problem, there may still be smoke in the detector. Clear it by fanning the detector for about 30 seconds. 4. When the problem has been corrected, clear the display by entering your code and pressing the OFF key. 1.

In Case Of Fire

Silencing A Fire Alarm








With regard to the number and placement of smoke/heat detectors, we subscribe to the recommendations contained in the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Standard #74 noted below. 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 detector installed outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and on each additional story of the family living unit, including basements and excluding crawl spaces and unfinished attics. In addition, the NFPA recommends that you install heat or smoke detectors in the living room, dining room, bedroom(s), kitchen, hallway(s), attic, furnace room, utility and storage rooms, basements and attached garages.

s Smoke Detectors for Minimum Protection 7 Smoke Detectors for Additional Protection v Heat-Activated Detectors 7





Steps to Safety

Establish and regularly practice a plan of escape in the event of fire. The following steps are recommended by the National Fire Protection Association: 1. Plan on your detector or your interior and/or exterior sounders warning all occupants. 2. Determine two means of escape from each room. One path of escape should lead to the door that permits normal exit from the building. The other may be a window, should your path be unpassable. Station an escape ladder at such windows if there is a long drop to the ground. 3. Sketch a floor plan of the building. Show windows, doors, stairs and rooftops that can be used to escape. Indicate escape routes for each room. Keep these routes free from obstruction and post copies of the escape routes in every room. 4. Make sure that all bedroom doors are shut while you are asleep. This will prevent deadly smoke from entering while you escape. 5. Try the door. If the door is hot, check your alternate escape route. If the door is cool, open it cautiously. Be prepared to slam the door if smoke or heat rushes in. 6. In smoky areas, crawl close to floor, hold your breath, and/or cover mouth and nose with a wet cloth. 7. Escape quickly; don't panic. 8. Establish a common meeting place outdoors, away from your premises, where everyone can meet and then take steps to contact the authorities and account for those missing. Choose someone to assure that nobody returns to the premises many die going back.






See How to Prepare a Fire Escape Plan , published by First Alert Professional, for more details.


Taking Care of Your System The components of your security system are designed to be as maintenance-free as possible. However, to make sure that your system is in reliable working condition. 1. Test your system weekly. 2. Test your system after any alarm occurs (see TESTING THE SYSTEM ). Each wireless sensor in your system has a 9-volt or 3-volt battery. The system detects a low battery in any wireless sensor, including smoke detectors, the optional personal emergency transmitter, and the optional portable wireless keypad. (A low battery in a portable wireless keypad is detected as soon as one of its keys is pressed, and the wired keypad will display 00.) Alkaline batteries provide a minimum of 1 year of operation, and in most units and applications, provide 24 years of service. 3-volt lithium batteries provide up to 4 or more years of operation. Actual battery life will depend on the environment in which the sensor is used, the number of signals that the transmitter in the sensor has had to send, and the specific type of sensor. Factors such as humidity, high or low temperatures or large swings in temperature, may all lead to the reduction of actual battery life in an installation. If you have a low battery in a wireless sensor, a low battery message is displayed on the keypad. In addition, a battery-operated smoke detector with a low battery also emits a single "chirp" sound approximately once every 2030 seconds, identifying itself as the smoke detector with the weak battery. Note: The low battery message comes on as a warning that battery replacement in indicated sensor(s) is due within 30 days. In the meantime, a sensor causing a low battery indication is still fully operational. Important: Use only batteries recommended by your installer as replacement.

This form should be completed and forwarded to your homeowner's insurance carrier for possible premium credit.


Insured's Name and Address:

Insurance Company:

Policy No. Other _____________ Fire Serviced by:
Name Address Name Address
First Alert Professional FA162C
Type of Alarm: Installed by: Burglary
B. NOTIFIES (Insert B = Burglary, F = Fire) Local Sounding Device Police Dept. Alarm Monitoring Company Name: Address: Phone: C. POWERED BY: A.C. With Rechargeable Power Supply D. TESTING: Quarterly Monthly Weekly
(continued on other side)

Fire Dept.

E. SMOKE DETECTOR LOCATIONS Furnace Room Kitchen Basement Living Room Bedrooms Dining Room Attic Hall
F. BURGLARY DETECTING DEVICE LOCATIONS: Front Door Basement Door 1st Floor Windows All windows

Rear Door

I nterior locations

All Exterior Doors

All Accessible Openings, Including Skylights, Air Conditioners and Vents G. ADDITIONAL PERTINENT INFORMATION:


UL NOTICE: This is a "GRADE A" system.
This equipment has been tested to FCC requirements and has been found acceptable for use. The FCC requires the following statement for your information: This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, that is, in strict accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, may cause interference to radio and television reception. It has been type tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B computing device in accordance with the specifications in Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference in a residential installation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: If using an indoor antenna, have a quality outdoor antenna installed. Reorient the receiving antenna until interference is reduced or eliminated. Move the receiver away from the control/communicator. Move the antenna leads away from any wire runs to the control/communicator. Plug the control/communicator into a different outlet so that it and the receiver are on different branch circuits. If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. The user or installer may find the following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications Commission helpful: "Interference Handbook". This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The user shall not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless authorized by the Installation Instructions or User's Manual. Unauthorized changes or modifications could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

In the event of telephone operational problems, disconnect the control by removing the plug from the RJ31X (CA38A in Canada) telephone wall jack. We recommend that your certified installer demonstrate disconnecting the phones on installation of the system. Do not disconnect the phone connection inside the control/communicator. Doing so will result in the loss of your phone lines. If the regular phone works correctly after the control/communicator has been disconnected from the phone lines, the control/communicator has a problem and should be returned for repair. If upon disconnection of the control/communicator, there is still a problem on the line, notify the telephone company that they have a problem and request prompt repair service. The user may not under any circumstances (in or out of warranty) attempt any service or repairs to the system. It must be returned to the factory or an authorized service agency for all repairs.
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. On the front cover of this equipment is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC registration number and ringer equivalence number (REN) for this equipment. If requested, this information must be provided to the telephone company. This equipment uses the following jacks: An RJ31X is used to connect this equipment to the telephone network. The REN is used to determine the quantity of devices which may be connected to the telephone line. Excessive RENs on the telephone line may result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most, but not all areas, the sum of the RENs should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the number of devices that may be connected to the line, as determined by the total RENs, contact the telephone company to determine the maximum REN for the calling area. If this equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company will notify you in advance that temporary discontinuance of service may be required. If advance notice is not practical, the telephone company will notify the customer as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of your right to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe necessary. The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the operation of the equipment. If this happens, the telephone company will provide advance notice in order for you to make the necessary modifications in order to maintain uninterrupted service. If trouble is experienced with this equipment, please contact the manufacturer for repair and warranty information. If the trouble is causing harm to the telephone network, the telephone company may request you remove the equipment from the network until the problem is resolved. There are no user serviceable components in this product, and all necessary repairs must be made by the manufacturer. Other repair methods may invalidate the FCC registration on this product. This equipment cannot be used on telephone company-provided coin service. Connection to Party Line Service is subject to state tariffs. This equipment is hearing-aid compatible. When programming or making test calls to an emergency number, briefly explain to the dispatcher the reason for the call. Perform such activities in the off-peak hours; such as early morning or late evening.

WARNING! THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS ALARM SYSTEM While this system is an advanced design security system, it does not offer guaranteed protection against burglary or fire or other emergency. Any alarm system, whether commercial or residential, is subject to compromise or failure to warn for a variety of reasons. For example: Intruders may gain access through unprotected openings or have the technical sophistication to bypass an alarm sensor or disconnect an alarm warning device. Intrusion detectors (e.g. passive infrared detectors), smoke detectors, and many other sensing devices will not work without power. Battery operated devices will not work without batteries, with dead batteries, or if the batteries are not put in properly. Devices powered solely by AC will not work if their AC power supply is cut off for any reason, however briefly. Signals sent by wireless transmitters may be blocked or reflected by metal before they reach the alarm receiver. Even if the signal path has been recently checked during a weekly test, blockage can occur if a metal object is moved into the path. A user may not be able to reach a panic or emergency button quickly enough. While smoke detectors have played a key role in reducing residential fire deaths in the United States, they may not activate or provide early warning for a variety of reasons in as many as 35% of all fires, according to data published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Some of the reasons smoke detectors used in conjunction with this System may not work are as follows. Smoke detectors may have been improperly installed and positioned. Smoke detectors may not sense fires that start where smoke cannot reach the detectors, such as in chimneys, in walls, or roofs, or on the other side of closed doors. Smoke detectors also may not sense a fire on another level of a residence or building. A second floor detector, for example, may not sense a first floor or basement fire. Moreover, smoke detectors have sensing limitations. No smoke detector can sense every kind of fire every time. In general, detectors may not always warn about fires caused by carelessness and safety hazards like smoking in bed, violent explosions, escaping gas, improper storage of flammable materials, overloaded electrical circuits, children playing with matches, or arson. Depending upon the nature of the fire and/or the locations of the smoke detectors, the detector, even if it operates as anticipated, may not provide sufficient warning to allow all occupants to escape in time to prevent injury or death.


Your local First Alert dealer is the person best qualified to service your alarm system. Arranging some kind of regular service program with him is advisable. Your local First Alert dealer is: Name:_________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________


1-Line Alpha Keypads.. 9 2-Line Alpha keypads.. 9 2-Partition AWAY Arming. 17 AC Loss... 32 Add A User. 28, 39 Alpha Keypad.. 9, 13 Arming. 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 38 Audible Emergency. 11, 24, 40 Audible Notifications.. 40 Away. 5, 11, 12, 17, 26, 38, 40 Away Mode. 12, 17, 26, 38 Babysitter Code.. 27 Burglary Protection.. 4, 5, 41 Bypass. 12, 14, 21, 38, 41 Check.. 11, 31 Chime. 5, 7, 23, 38 Chime Mode. 5, 9, 11, 23, 38, 40 Comm. Failure.. 32 Common Zone.. 8 Delete A User.. 28, 39 Disarming. 20, 26, 38, 41 Displaying Bypassed Zones. 22 Duress Code.. 13, 27 Emergency Evacuation. 35 Entry Delay.. 5, 7, 11 Exit Delay. 5, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 40, 41 Exit Alarm... 8 Fire.. 4, 6, 11, 20, 21, 33, 35, 41 Fire Alarm. 24, 33, 40 Fire Protection. 6, 34, 35 Fire Emergency.. 33 Fire Escape. 35 Fixed-Word Keypads.. 9, 11 Instant.. 5, 11, 12, 16, 38, 40 Instant Mode.. 16, 38 Keypads. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Keyswitch.. 26 Lo Bat.. 32, 40 Low Battery. 11, 32,36, 37, 40 Maximum. 5, 7, 12, 19, 38, 40 Maximum Mode.. 19, 38 Memory Of Alarm.. 6, 20, 26, 40 Modem Comm. 32 National Fire Protect Assn.. 34, 35 Not Ready. 11, 14, 18, 26, 38 Off Key.. 20 Panic Functions.. 24 Panic Keys.. 13, 33, 24 Partitioned System. 4 Personal Emergency. 24 Quick Arming.. 27 Quick Bypass.. 22, 38 Quick Guide to System Functions. 38 Replacing Batteries in Wireless Sensors.. 36 Ready Key. 14, 33 Security Codes.. 5, 27, 28 Servicing Information.. 49 Silencing Alarms.. 20, 33 Silencing Low Battery Warning. 37 Silent Emergency. 24 Sounder. 76, 9, 12, 20, 24, 29, 40 Special AWAY Arming.. 17 Stay. 5, 11, 12, 15, 26, 38, 40 Stay Mode. 12, 15, 26, 38 System Lo Battery.. 32 Summary of Audible Notifications. 40 Telephone Problems.. 42 Temporary Users.. 28 Test Key.. 29 Test Mode.. 29, 30, 39, 40 Trouble Conditions. 31, 32 User Codes.. 12, 27 User Number. 27, 38, 39 Voice Module.. 6 Wireless Sensor.. 11, 36 Zones... 4
Pittway Corporation, and its divisions, subsidiaries and affili ates ("Seller"), 165 Eileen Way, Syosset, New York 11791, warrants its First Alert Professional security equipment (the "product") to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one year from date of original purchase, under normal use and service. Seller's obligation is limited to re pairing or replacing, at its option, free of charge for parts, labor, or transporta tion, any product proven to be defective in materials or workmanship under normal use and service. Seller shall have no obligation under this warranty or otherwise if the product is altered or improperly repaired or serviced by anyone other than the Seller. In case of defect, contact the security professional who installed and maintains your security equipment or the Seller for product repair. This one year Limited Warranty is in lieu of all other express warranties, obligations or liabilities. THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES, WHICH EXTEND BEYOND THE FACE HEREOF. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, OBLIGATIONS OR LIABILITIES MADE BY SELLER IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PRODUCT, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE. ANY ACTION FOR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE. IN NO CASE SHALL SELLER BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF THIS OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OR UPON ANY OTHER BASIS OF LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF THE LOSS OR DAMAGE IS CAUSED BY THE SELLER'S OWN NEGLIGENCE OR FAULT. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclu sion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. Seller does not represent that the product may not be compromised or circumvented; that the product will prevent any personal injury or property loss by burglary, robbery, fire or oth erwise; or that the product will in all cases provide adequate warning or protection. Buyer understands that a properly installed and maintained alarm may only reduce the risk of a burglary, robbery, fire or other events occurring without providing an alarm, but it is not insurance or a guaran tee that such will not occur or that there will be no personal injury or property loss as a result. CONSEQUENTLY, SELLER SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR OTHER LOSS BASED ON A CLAIM THE PRODUCT FAILED TO GIVE WARN ING. HOWEVER, IF SELLER IS HELD LI ABLE, WHETHER DI RECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, REGARDLESS OF CAUSE OR ORIGIN, SELLER'S MAXIMUM LIABILITY SHALL NOT IN ANY CASE EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE PRODUCT, WHICH SHALL BE THE COMPLETE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AGAINST SELLER. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. No increase or alteration, written or verbal, to this war ranty is authorized.


First Alert Professional offers the finest security, fire and personal emergency protection for your home by incorporating advanced technology with simple operation.

How it works.

The FA162C is the communication center of your security system the brains. All the sensors from around your home are connected to the FA162C. When your system is armed and a sensor detects a problem, it sends a signal to the control panel that then sends a signal to the central station. To alert anyone inside the home, it can also sound a siren.

Feel at ease

with a First Alert Professional Security System
Your First Alert Professional authorized dealer will work with you to create a security system that meets your needs. Youll receive expert installation and exceptional service from their highly trained technicians. With the FA162C, your home and family will be protected from the threat of intrusion and fire. And you will have the peace of mind youve been looking for.
Protecting vulnerable locations.
Sensors are usually placed at entry points to your home such as doors and windows, which are most vulnerable to intrusion. These include magnetic contacts and glassbreak sensors. Inside the home, Passive Infrared Detectors sense motion through body heat. Smoke and fire detectors are also protecting your home and theyre working even when the system isnt armed. Home or away, your system can react to fire emergencies at any time.


At the heart of your security system is the keypad the piece of equipment that puts control right at your fingertips. In Standard, Deluxe or Alphanumeric models, these keypads offer simple operation combined with the latest, most advanced technology.

Want more control?

There are many options available that give you even greater control of your security system. You can choose to add an option which lets you use any touchtone phone as a keypad, so even if youre not at home, you can operate your system. There is also a selection of portable, wireless remotes that allow you to control your system with just the press of a button. Arm or disarm your system, or even operate lights without having to remember a code! Imagine that!
The FA162C: Convenient, Versatile, Simple
The FA162C from First Alert Professional puts high-tech enhanced security to work in your home and convenient options right at your fingertips.
Advanced technology is at work, protecting your home 24 hours a day!
In the event of fire or intrusion, the central station is contacted via the telephone line. Its important that the line is always operating properly, so the system continually checks it for proper voltage. If the phone line is out of service, an alert will be sounded and visually displayed on the keypad.
POWER The FA162C comes with a battery back-up which
meets standard UL requirements. In the event of a power outage, this allows for uninterrupted system operation, keeping your home and family secure. In the event of a power failure the power indicator on the keypad will be off, indicating that the system is operating on battery power.
CONVENIENCE With this system, youve got it! The FA162C

can be set up so that if you want to operate the garage door, unlock entryways, or control lights or appliances, you can do so through your keypad or choose from a variety of wireless remote devices. With wireless remotes, arm your system with just the press of a button. Or, arming your system can be as easy as 1, 2! "Quick Arm" allows you to just press the "#" key and "arm" rather than your code and thats it your system is armed! Its a simple and quick way to leave your home and still arm your system. The FA162C has a paging feature available which will send signals to your pager to alert you about certain system conditions. The pager would display a code number that corresponds to a specific system condition, alerting you immediately if, for example, your home was experiencing a break in. The paging feature is especially helpful if you have latch-key children. The system can be programmed so that when youre at work, the pager will notify you when your son or daughter arrives home from school because they have been assigned their own user codes. The FA162C can also page you if your child has not arrived home by a pre-programmed time.
PARTITIONS The FA162C has two partitions, allowing it to
function as two systems in one. This is ideal for a mother/daughter home, or if you have a professional office in your home. Partitioning gives you two completely independent areas of protection.
ZONES By assigning certain devices or areas of the home to
specific zones, the system can better pinpoint the exact location where an unauthorized entry occurs or where a fire may be starting. The system comes standard with 8 supervised zones that support a wide variety of alarm devices. Up to 30 expansion zones can be added depending upon the number of devices needed to properly secure your home. Of those 30 expansion zones, up to 8 may be hardwired. The balance of the zones may be wireless which is particularly helpful if you choose to take advantage of the convenience of our advanced 5800 series of wireless accessories. These zoning features allow for maximum flexibility and expansion of the system. If you decide to enlarge your home, you have a system that can grow with you, simple and easily.
ACCESS The FA162C features a master code and can be
programmed for up to 14 secondary user codes in each partition. The secondary user codes can be assigned to different family members, and you can have a babysitter code programmed as well as a duress code. When used to arm or disarm the system, the duress code sends a silent message to the central station. This is important should you ever come face to face with an intruder who forces you to disarm the system. By entering the duress code, you have silently summoned for help while keeping your master code private.

PREVENT FALSE ALARMSThe FA162C has features that
can help you prevent false alarms which are recommended by the Security Industry Association (SIA). After all, you want to avoid unnecessary visits from the police and fire departments. Consider these scenarios. Have you ever run out the door, forgot something, and had to rush back inside? With this system, you can re-enter your home within a pre-programmed amount of time and you dont have to worry about setting off the alarm. Or, youre getting ready to leave the house, youve set the alarm by pressing the "AWAY" button, but you havent left within the time allowed what happens? This system is so smart it knows you havent left yet, goes back into STAY mode, and avoids setting off a false alarm!
PANIC The FA162C has three programmable panic keys that
can be used at the keypad or with wireless devices. They can be programmed for 24 hour silent, audible, personal or fire emergencies. One touch of a panic key and help is on the way.
The FA162C from First Alert ProfessionalWeve thought of everything, so you dont have to.

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