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Due to the current situation, the Middlesex County Fire Marshall has advised that inspections for Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide tests are being suspended and Self-Inspection with a corresponding affidavit are being instituted. Below you will find a link to a form and instructions for how to file. If you have any questions, please call Middlesex County Fire Marshall at (732)316-7171.
1. Smoke Detectors and carbon monoxide detectors must be within 10 feet of any bedroom.
2. For Floors that don't have bedrooms, there must be at least one smoke detector on each floor. If you have an unfinished attic you do not require a smoke detector in the attic. Both finished and unfinished basements require a smoke detector.
3. All Battery powered Smoke Detectors must be 10-Year Sealed units that do not have a user serviceable battery. Battery powered single station smoke alarms shall be installed and shall be listed in accordance with ANSI/UL 217, incorporated herein by reference under N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3(a) and N.J.A.C. 5:71-4.19(c), Any battery powered smoke detector that is not a 10- year sealed unit will not be accepted.
3. Smoke Detectors cannot be more than 10 years old. Stand Alone Carbon Monoxide detectors must be less than 7 years old. To determine the age of your detector look at the date of manufacture on the rear of the unit.
4. If you need to replace a hard-wired smoke detector, it must be replaced with a hard-wired detector. You cannot put battery-powered smoke detector in the place of a hard-wired detector. You can upgrade a battery powered smoke detector to a hard-wired electric if you so choose. If your current hard-wired detectors are more than 10 years old they must be replaced prior to inspection.
5. Stand alone Carbon Monoxide detectors (battery or electric) must be less than 7 years old. Both battery and electric detectors are approved for residential use in New Jersey.
6. To determine the age of any detector, look at the date of manufacture on the rear of the unit. If you have a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector it must have a manufacture date less than 10 years old.
7. Fire Extinguishers must be a 2-A:10-B:C type. Look for a label on the outside of the box stating 2-A:10-B:C. (These extinguishers should be red in color and weigh approximately 5 pounds and are ABC type.) Fire Extinguishers should be mounted on the wall on the way out of the kitchen utilizing the bracket supplied in the box.
8. A receipt must be left with the extinguisher showing that the extinguisher was purchased less than one year ago. If the receipt is older than one year the extinguisher must be replaced with a new unit. A NJ State licensed contractor inspection tag can also be substituted for the receipt as long as its been issued in the past 12 months.
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