We are offering the following information to help you, especially during time of resale of a dwelling, when a fire inspection will take place.
- A minimum of one detector shall be located per level of dwelling, including basement.
- In basements, the detector shall be located on the ceiling/beam at the bottom of the stairs.
- Smoke detectors shall be located no farther than 10 feet from bedroom doors.
- Where a loft/attic area is open and can be used as a living space and there is a head space of 7 feet or more, a detector is required.
- A floor level is a level with three steps or more between levels.
- Existing hard-wired detectors can not be replaced with battery type.
- If an alarm/central station system is in place the following information will be required:
- Alarm company contact information (Including Name and Phone Number).
- Code required to reset system.
In time of resale, please inform your agent to call at least 3-5 days in advance to ensure that your inspection can be done in a timely manner. The certificate is valid for 180 days from inspection date.
If you have any other questions regarding fire inspections, please call (732) 248-7558.
Smoke Detector Tips
Smoke alarms save precious minutes -- alerting families to danger before smoke and gases can overcome them. In a home fire, smoke detectors are your best protection.
Placement of smoke detectors:
- Location. Consider which parts of the house need protecting, where a fire would be most dangerous and how many units are needed. Plan one for each floor or level.
- Sleeping areas. Put a detector within 10 feet of each bedroom door, preferably in the hallway. In a hallway longer than 30 feet, install one at each end. A unit in each room provides maximum protection.
- Living room. Keep the detector away from a fireplace or wood stove to avoid false alarms.
- Hall and stairwell. Place a detector at the top of each stairwell and at each end of a long hall.
- Kitchen (eating/dining area) - Keep detector away from cooking fumes.
- Basement. Mount a detector on the ceiling/beam at the bottom of the stairs, away from the exhaust of a heating unit.
- Read the installation instructions that come with the detector.
- Keep units 6 inches away from the dead air space near walls and corners.
- If mounted on a wall, place unit 6-12 inches below the ceiling and away from a corner.
- Do not place a detector closer than 3 feet from an air register that might re-circulate smoke.
- Do not place a unit on an uninsulated exterior wall or ceiling.
- Place smoke detectors at least 3 feet from ceiling fans.
- Check the alarm every 30 days. Push test button.
- Replace batteries twice a year.
- Clean the detector's face and grill to remove dust or grease.
- Keep spare batteries on hand.
- Follow manufacturer's instructions.
- Replace expired smoke detectors with "10-year sealed" units.
Remember, from the time a fire starts, family members have less than 4 minutes to escape. Do not attempt to extinguish a fire unless it can be put out in a few seconds.