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RESIDENTIAL SMOKE ALARM,
CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM
AND FIRE EXTINGUISHER INSPECTIONS

CALL THE BUREAU OFFICE
AT 732-458-4100 FOR INFORMATION
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The code currently calls for a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, including the basement and a carbon monoxide alarm/detector located outside of each sleeping area (MINIMUM of 1 per floor). As a general rule there must be a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm/detector within 10 feet of every bedroom door and in good working order. If smoke alarms are electric, or installed under any other required building code they must remain operational and cannot be replaced with battery operated alarms. For the purposes of resale, carbon monoxide alarms may be battery operated, electrically operated, an electric plug in type device or a combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarm.

Check your alarms to see that they are operational.

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPER INSTALLATION OF SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM/DETECTORS.

If you feel there may be any danger of fire, CALL 9-1-1.

APPOINTMENTS: Call the Brick Bureau of Fire Safety 732-458-4100 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The following information will be needed to set up an appointment for our inspectors:

Contact Person's Name:___________________
Phone #(Daytime)_________________________
Address of Resale Property:______________
Nearest Cross Street_____________________
Block: ________________ Lot:_____________
Owner's Name & Phone #:__________________
Year the House was Built_________________

The fee structure is a follows:

  • The fee for an inspection and issuance of a certificate will be $45.00 on a scheduled inspection day (scheduled days are 10 business days or more from the contact date)
  • $80.00 for a non-scheduled smoke detector inspection appointment more than 4 business days but less than 10 business days from the contact date and
  • $130.00 for a non-scheduled smoke detector inspection appointment less than 4 business days from the Bureau contact date.
  • Any reinspection required for failure to have properly installed or operating detectors in accordance with the code will be subject to a reinspection fee of an additional $30.00. This fee will also be charged for failure to maintain the scheduled appointment or entry to the structure.
  • Ordinance fee change effective 12/29/16.

Please also be reminded that closing on a resale of a residential dwelling without a properly issued Certificate of Certificate of Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance prior to closing subjects the seller to a minimum fine of $1000.00.

Effective: 1/24/17 Payment by Credit Card and PayPal is available. Please call 732-458-4100 for processing (a credit card processing fee may apply.)




SMOKE ALARMS

If you were to build a house today, smoke alarms would be required in each bedroom, on each level of the home in the vicinity of the bedrooms, including basements. These alarms would be required to be electrically operated with a battery back up and interconnected, so if one alarm sounds they activate throughout the entire home.

SMOKE ALARMS, CARBON MONOXIDE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
The diagrams below also include smoke alarms in your bedrooms. These smoke alarms are needed for new construction, recommended for added protection and may be required when you add an addition or renovation. Contact the Building Department (732) 262-1035 if you have any fire code related questions on new construction and additions.


Type of Smoke Alarms

WHICH TYPE?

IONIZATION

     An ionization type alarm uses a very small quantity of radioactive material. These alarms are better at detecting small particles of combustion typically produced by flaming fires.
PHOTOELECTRIC

     A photoelectric alarm uses a small infrared light. Photoelectric type smoke alarms are better at detecting larger particles produced by smoldering fires. Photoelectric alarms are slightly more resistant to unwanted alarms caused by cooking vapors or bathroom moisture.

Both types of alarms are tested and listed and when properly installed and maintained, both alarms will save lives.

Smoke and deadly gases are also hot, so they will rise towards the ceiling and that is where the alarms should be. In general you should put your alarms squarely in the path that smoke would probably travel if it were heading upstairs, down your hall or through your home. Protecting your bedrooms at night, or the area where you are most at risk from the fire when you are sleeping is a top priority. That's when and where most fire deaths occur.




CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM/DETECTORS

The above diagram shows a carbon monoxide alarm on each level -------

For resale of the home, installation of a carbon monoxide alarm will be required within 10 feet of all sleeping rooms in all buildings of Use Groups I-1, R-1, R-2, R-3 and R-4 that contain fuel-burning appliances or have attached garages. If an individual dwelling unit does not contain a fuel-burning appliance, i.e. stove, furnace or hot water heater or have an attached garage, the residential unit is currently exempt from the carbon monoxide alarm requirement. In accordance with the Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety, effective April 7, 2003.

If an electric plug in type is utilized, it cannot be installed inside any room. In order to be heard while you are sleeping, it has to be in the hallway (outside the bedroom doors). If no outlet is available, a battery or electric type unit should be installed on the wall or ceiling in accordance with manufacturer's installation instructions. A combination Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide alarm/detector can be installed. (REMEMBER: if the smoke alarm is required to be electric, the combination unit has to be electric.)





FIRE EXTINQUISHER

FIRE EXTINGUISHER GUIDELINES according to the NJSA 52:27D-198.1: At least 1 portable (labeled, charged & operable) fire extinguisher. The type shall be ABC, weigh no more than 10 lbs., rated for residential use, mounted or placed on hanger or manufacturer’s bracket within 10 feet of kitchen area. (The top of the extinguisher shall be no more than 5 feet above the floor and readily accessible, near a room exit. A 2A10BC extinguisher is recommended by NFPA 10 Standards).


For an up-to-date listing of recalls - go to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls and Product Safety News at www.cpsc.gov.

The following Carbon Monoxide devices have been recalled:

  • The model is Nighthawk, manufactured between November 8, 1998 and March 9, 1999. The date of manufacture is on the back of the unit as year, month and day. The words NIGHTHAWK and Carbon Monoxide Alarm are written on the front of the unit. If only Carbon Monoxide Alarm is written on the front, the unit is NOT included in the recall.
  • The Lifesaver models included in the recall are models 9CO-1 and 9CO-1C, manufactured between 6/1/97 and 1/31/98. The manufacture date is on the back of the unit as the first six numbers of the serial number, located above the UPC. The manufacture date is written as day, month and year. LIFESAVER and Carbon Monoxide Detector are written on the front of the unit. Should you have a unit included in the recall, contact Kidde Safety at (888) 543-3346.

The following Smoke Detection devices have been recalled:

  • Kidde Recalls Model PI2000 Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms. An electrostatic discharge can damage the unit, causing it not to warn consumers of a fire. The alarms can be identified by two buttons, "HUSH" and "PUSH AND HOLD TO TEST WEEKLY," which are located on the front/center of the alarm. The model number and date code are on the back of the smoke alarm. Only date codes 2008 Aug.01 through 2009 May 04 are included in this recall. Sold at retail, department, and hardware stores and through electrical distributors nationwide from August 2008 through May 2009 for between $30 and $40. Consumers should contact Kidde immediately to receive a free replacement smoke alarm at 1-877-524-2086 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their website at www.kidde.com
Recall on Kidde Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Manfactured 12/18/13 and 5/13/14