As per the Township of Warren Ordinance 2-4.18, and the New Jersey State Uniform Fire Code section 5:70-4.19, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms and a portable fire extinguisher must be installed in all residences prior to resale or change of tenant. The installation must be inspected by the local fire department inspector prior the closing or change of tenant. As per State regulations, failure to comply with this requirement will result is a penalty of $500 being assessed to the seller of a residence or to the landlord of a rented property.

Below are guidelines for installation and inspection requirements of Warren Township and the NJ Uniform Fire Code.

Smoke Detectors

  • Detectors tested and functioning (test should be conducted with approved testing smoke)
  • Detector must be clearly audible
  • Detector on every level of the home (excluding crawl spaces and attics)
  • Detector outside every bedroom and at a maximum distance of 10 feet from the bedroom door
  • Detectors NOT located within three feet of a bathroom, kitchen or air duct
  • Detectors NOT within dead air space (four inches from a side wall if on the ceiling / four inches from the ceiling if on a side wall
  • Detector must NOT be more than 12 inches below the ceiling if mounted on a side wall
  • Detectors NOT over 10 years old

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Detector may be battery operated, hard wired or of the plug in type
  • Detector UL listed in accordance with UL-2034
  • Detector located on each level on which a bedroom is located
  • Detector(s) must be at a maximum distance of 10 feet from any bedroom door
  • Detector tested by the operation of the test button and functioning
  • Detector is clearly audible
  • Detectors not beyond the manufactures recommended replacement time (usually five to seven years)

 Fire Extinguishers

  • Extinguisher listed by an approved testing agency
  • Extinguisher has proper approved, clear labeling
  • Operating instructions must be clearly visible
  • The size shall be no smaller than 2A:10BC, rated for residential use and weigh not more than 10 pounds
  • Extinguisher gauge indicates that it is fully charged (within the green area of the gauge)
  • Extinguisher is mounted on the wall with the approved hanging bracket provided by the manufacture
  • Extinguisher within 10 feet of the kitchen and towards an exit door (not in a dead end area)
  • Top of the extinguisher not more than five feet off the floor
  • Extinguisher must be clearly visible and not blocked
  • Extinguishers must be less than one year old or tagged with a date within one year by an approved fire extinguisher service company

Any questions related to these requirements can be answered by the Warren Township Fire Prevention Bureau at 908-753-8000 Extension 260.