Kidde P4010 Series: What To Do In A Home Emergency

As you saw in our latest video, the Kidde P4010 Home Smoke/Combo Detector Series is a state-of-the-art series for protecting your home and family. I wanted to dive into some further details regarding the detectors, as well as what you should be doing in the case of an emergency at home. If you want to purchase the P4010 Series for your home, look no further!

Smoke Alarm: What To Do When The Alarm Sounds

  • Alert small children in the home as well as anyone else that might have difficulty recognizing the importance of the alarm sounding or that might have difficulty leaving the area without help.

  • Leave immediately by your escape plan. Every second counts, so don’t waste time getting dressed or picking up valuables.

  • In leaving, don’t open any inside door without first feeling its surface. If hot, or if you see smoke seeping through cracks, don’t open that door! Instead, use your alternate exit. If the inside of the door is cool, place your shoulder against it, open it slightly and be ready to slam it shut if heat and smoke rush in.

  • If the escape route requires you to go through smoke, stay close to the floor where the air is cleaner. Crawl if necessary, and breathe shallowly through a cloth, wet if possible.

  • Once outside, go to your selected meeting place and make sure everyone is there.

  • Call the fire department from your cell phone outside, or from your neighbor’s home-not from yours!

  • Don’t return to your home until the fire officials say that it is all right to do so.

  • There are situations where a smoke alarm may not be effective to protect against fire as stated in the NFPA Standard 72. For instance:
    a) smoking in bed
    b) leaving children home alone
    c) cleaning with flammable liquids, such as gasoline

Carbon Monoxide Alarm: What To Do When The Alarm Sounds

1) Operate the Test/hush button. NOTE: pressing the button on the initiating alarm unit (green LED flashing every second) will silence the alarm notification, including all interconnected units. if the unit goes into alarm mode again within six minutes, it is sensing high levels of CO which can quickly become a dangerous situation.

2) Call your emergency services (fire Department or 911).

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. alert small children in the home as well as anyone else that might have difficulty recognizing the importance of the alarm sounding or that might have difficulty leaving the area without help. 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.

If problems are identified during this inspection, have the equipment serviced immediately. note any combustion equipment not inspected by the technician and consult the manufacturer’s instructions, or contact the manufacturer 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 adjacent to the residence. never restart the source of a CO problem until it has been corrected. never ignore the sound of the alarm!

Operation And Testing


The alarm is operating once it is activated and testing is complete. When products of combustion (smoke or CO) are sensed, the unit sounds a loud alarm with voice messages. See Sections 1 and 2 for alarm signal descriptions. In high levels of CO, the unit will go into alarm in a shorter period of time than at low levels of CO.


Test your alarm weekly by pressing and releasing the test button quickly. A quick beep will confirm the button has been pushed followed by voice prompts that will inform you of the upcoming test sequence. See Other Alarm Visual and Audible Indicators table. The alarm and voice (and any interconnected units) will sound if the electronic circuitry, horn, speaker, and battery are working. If the alarm or voice does not sound, or gives erratic or low volume sound, the unit must be replaced. See Permanently Disable Alarm / Discharge Battery section to determine how to prepare the unit for shipment or disposal.

Cleaning Your Alarm

Check out our previous video on doing exactly this! Cleaning & Maintenance of your at-home smoke detectors is just as important as making sure they are installed, working, and have fresh batteries.

That’s all I have for you for now! As always, contact us at if you have any questions on anything related to fire and life safety. Thanks for reading!

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