Uniform Fire Code

N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3(a), and N.J.S.A. 52:27D-198.1

Under the Uniform Fire Code of the State of New Jersey, all persons who sell, rent or transfer ownership of a residence ( home, townhouse, condo, apartment ) must have a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, and fire extinguisher compliance test performed before the closing is executed.

N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3

(a) Before any Use Group R-3 structure is sold, leased, or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes, the owner shall obtain a certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide compliance (CSDCMAC), evidencing compliance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19, from the appropriate enforcing agency.

N.J.S.A. 52:27D-198.1.

The requirements for the type and placement of the extinguishers are as follows:

1) At least one portable fire extinguisher shall be installed in all one- and two-family dwellings (except seasonal rental units) upon change of occupancy;

2) The extinguisher shall be listed, labeled, charged, and operable;

3) The size shall be no smaller than 2A:10B:C, rated for residential use and weigh no more than 10lbs;

4) The hangers or brackets supplied by the manufacturer must be used;

5) The extinguisher must be located within 10 feet of the kitchen; 6) The top of the extinguisher must not be more than 5 feet above the floor;

7) The extinguisher must be visible and in a readily accessible location, free from being blocked by furniture, storage, or other items;

8) The extinguisher must be near a room exit or travel path that provides an escape route to the exterior; 9) The extinguisher must be accompanied by an owner’s manual or written information regarding the operation, inspection, and maintenance of the extinguisher;

10) Lastly, the extinguisher must be installed with the operating instructions clearly visible.