REVISED SMOKE & CO DETECTOR RESIDENTIAL INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS
Effective January 1, 2019, the State of New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has revised the requirements for Home Smoke and CO Detectors. For reference these regulations can be found in the NJ Uniform Fire Code 5:70-4.19(c) and are also referenced in National Fire Protection Association standard 72-13. The change relates to the type of standalone battery operated detector that can be utilized. In the past models using replaceable batteries such as AA, AAA or 9 Volt were acceptable. As of this change the only units acceptable for use in NJ are those models with a 10 year life battery. Typically these units use batteries, which are not replaceable. Given that the manufacturers stated useful when the non-replaceable 10 year battery goes dead, you dispose of the unit and replace the entire unit instead of the battery as in the past.
In order to adhere to these new State Regulations going forward, all residential inspections for Smoke, CO and Fire Extinguishers will require that ALL standalone battery operated units whether they are separate Smoke and CO Detectors or combination units will need to be 10 year battery models in order to successfully pass the inspection. This also includes plug-in style CO Detectors since they also contain a battery backup.
Please be aware that some manufacturers are using a 10 year label on boxes and devices to indicate they have a 10 year life. This does NOT always mean they have a 10 year life battery. It is important that the labels are read very carefully before selecting and purchasing a new unit and that it states it has a 10 year life battery.
For residential smoke detector inspection & permit application questions, please call
The Fire Prevention Department will now be accepting credit card payments via MuniciPay for residential smoke detector applications ONLY, effective June 1, 2018. We are still accepting cash & checks by mail or drop off at Town Hall. (Please see printable APPLICATION below.)
REQUIREMENTS for Certificate of Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide and Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance.
Please use this PERMIT APPLICATION for fireworks, commercial use of propane, tents over 900 sq ft, bonfire/campfires, blasting, etc.