Residential Re-Sale Inspection Requirements:
Prior to closing each residential property is subject to a re-sale inspection.
The following items are checked as part of the inspection.
- Smoke Detectors:
Detectors are to be located on every level of a residence, (basement, first floor, second floor) excluding crawl spaces and unfinished attics, and in every separate sleeping area, between sleeping area and living areas such as the kitchen garage, basement or utility room.
In homes with only one sleeping area on one floor, a detector is to be placed in the hallway within 10 feet of the bedroom.
In single floor homes with two sleeping areas, two detectors are required outside each sleeping area within 10 feet of that room.
In multi-level homes, detectors are to be located outside sleeping areas and at every finished level of the home.
Basement level detectors are to be located in close proximity of the basement stairwell.
Homes that were constructed with hardwire/interconnected smoke detectors shall be maintained as originally installed.
- Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
A (one) carbon monoxide alarm/detector shall be centrally located outside of each sleeping area within 10 feet.
Where bedrooms are separated and the audibility of the alarm or detector to the occupants within the bedroom area could be seriously impaired, more than one unit could be needed.
Each alarm/detector should be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.
The alarm/detector can be battery or the electric plug-in type.
If you have a combination smoke/carbon detector it will need to be installed in accordance with the smoke detector placement in sleeping areas.
- Placement of Fire Extinguisher
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY
TO: LEA FIRE OFFICIALS
FROM: DONALD M. HUBER, CHIEF OF STAFF
DATE: MARCH 5, 2007
SUBJECT: REQUIREMTNS FOR FIRE EXTINGUISHERS IN ONE-AND-TWO FAMILY DWELLINGS AT CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY
As you aware, the Legislature amended and enacted P.L. 1991, c 92 (C.52:27D-198.1), requiring that all one-and-two family dwellings at change of occupancy be provided with at least one portable fire extinguisher, in addition to the requirements for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. This provision does not apply to seasonal rental units. This act was signed into law on April 14, 2005 with an effective date of November 1, 2005.
It is the Division’s position that this law must be enforced as enacted even though rules and regulations have not been promulgated. The statue may be cited in this absence of the regulations.
Until such time as regulations are adopted only the specific requirements contained in the statue are to be enforced. The requirements are as follows:
- The extinguisher must be rated for residential use consisting of an A:B:C type;
- No larger than a 10 pound rated extinguisher;
- Mounted within 10 feet of the kitchen area, unless otherwise permitted by the enforcing agency.
Any questions concerning this matter may be referred to my office at (609) 633-6106. Thank You for you anticipated cooperation in enforcing this law. It in important that this requirement be enforced uniformly statewide.
Very truly yours,
Kevin E. Krushinski