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Smoke Detector Inspection Requirements

SMOKE DETECTORS

Install one smoke detector in the basement and on each floor – Unfinished attics do not require a smoke detector.

Any floor containing a bedroom(s) must have a smoke detector placed within 10 feet of the outside or exterior of the doorway to the bedroom – One detector can provide protection to multiple rooms as long as the distance requirement is met. This detector(s) can also satisfy the floor requirement.

Special Note: As of 1/1/19, any individual battery powered detectors MUST contain a 10-year sealed lithium battery. If you have access to the battery, it is not a sealed unit.

All smoke detectors are required to be less than 10 years old.

HARD-WIRED SMOKE or SMOKE /

CO DETECTORS

Hard-wired individual smoke or combination smoke/CO detectors that are already installed will need to be maintained as installed and cannot be removed/replaced with 10-year sealed battery detectors.

All hard-wired and/or interconnected detectors are required to be less than 10 years old. If you have hard-wired smoke detectors, you cannot revert back to battery operated detectors.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors must be located within 10 feet of the bedrooms (must be outside the bedroom) – Though not required, we do recommend having Carbon Monoxide detectors on all floors.

All Carbon Monoxide detectors are required to be less than 10 years old.

MONITORED ALARM SYSTEM

Prior to the Home Fire Inspection being scheduled and performed, the homeowner/seller will need to have the fire alarm system tested/serviced.

The Fire Prevention Bureau will need a report and/or letter from the fire alarm company stating that the system has been tested/serviced.

This same report will need to certify that the system detectors are less than 10 years old and in proper operating condition. The alarm report will expedite inspection and make it considerably easier for the homeowner/seller. This alarm report will need to be available to the inspector on the day of the inspection. The report can be sent ahead of time as well.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER

The fire extinguisher shall be a TYPE 2A:10BC rating, and weigh no more than 10lbs.

The fire extinguisher shall be listed, labeled, charged, and operable.

The fire extinguisher is required to be MOUNTED in a VISIBLE and READILY ACCESSIBLE (not in a stairwell, closet, cabinet, or blocked by furniture/storage/other items).

The location is to be in, or within 10 feet of the kitchen.

The location should be near a room exit or travel path that provides an escape route to the exterior.

The required mounting height of the extinguisher is a minimum bottom height of 4″ off the floor and a maximum top height of 60″ above the floor. (average adult chest height is recommended).

As of 7/1/18, fire extinguishers that are new shall be accompanied by a receipt of purchase. Older extinguishers shall be tagged by a fire protection company that has inspected it within the past year. Please note – a “Kitchen” extinguisher TYPE BC will not satisfy the code requirement.

INSPECTION FEES PAYABLE AT TIME OF INSPECTION

  • $50.00 –  IF SCHEDULED 10 BUSINESS DAYS OR MORE PRIOR TO INSPECTION DATE.
  • $90.00IF SCHEDULED 4-10 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO INSPECTION DATE.
  • $161.00IF SCHEDULED 3 BUSINESS DAYS OR LESS PRIOR TO INSPECTION DATE.
**$50.00 – Fee will be charged for ALL re-inspections.

Effective January 1, 2022