Fire Inspections – Resale

The Bureau of Fire Prevention is scheduling residential resale inspections for the purpose of issuance of certification for resale. Given the restrictions currently in place as directed by the Office of the Governor, the District has established the following guideline for use when scheduling a resale inspection:

  • Within 60 days of settlement, the seller shall contact the Bureau (609-261-7233) to schedule a resale inspection
    • If leaving a message to schedule, please advise of your property address and settlement date.
  • The inspection fee of $45.00 per dwelling unit fee shall be presented to the inspector in the form of certified check, money order, or business check (cash and personal checks will not be accepted as payment). Please make checks and money orders payable to: MOUNT HOLLY FIRE DISTRICT No.1

INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS

HOUSE NUMBERS:

Numbers are numerical characters, contrasting in color from the house, at least 4” in height, permanently affixed to the house & visible from the street.

SMOKE DETECTORS:

All smoke alarms shall not be older than 10 years from the date of manufacture.  A minimum of one on each level is required, including the basement.  See specifics below . . .

  • Built prior to 1977 – One ten-year sealed battery-powered smoke alarm is required on each level including the basement.
  • Built from January 1, 1977 – February 21, 1983 – Electric smoke alarms system required on the sleeping level and in the basement.  They were not interconnected.

On levels without the electric smoke alarm system, a ten-year sealed battery-powered smoke alarm shall be installed.

  • Built from February 22, 1983 – April 30, 1993 – Interconnected electric smoke alarms with battery backup should be located on every level of the dwelling including the basement.
  • Built from May 1, 1993 – Present – Interconnected electric smoke alarms with battery backup should be located on every level of the dwelling including the basement, sleeping areas, and in every bedroom. 

 NOTE:  Smoke alarms in the basement must be located on the ceiling at the bottom of the basement stairs.

 CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM REQUIRMENTS:

  • A carbon Monoxide alarm shall be located within 10 feet of every bedroom.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms shall not be older than 10 years from the date of manufacture

PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS:

  • The extinguisher shall be new within the past 12 months with receipt (OR)The seller shall have the extinguisher serviced by an extinguisher contractor certified by the NJ Division of Fire Safety
  • The extinguisher must be a minimum of 2A-10:BC rated extinguisher and not larger than 10 pounds
  • The extinguisher must be mounted with the manufacturer’s hanging bracket so the instructions are clearly visible
  • The extinguisher must be mounted within 10 feet of the kitchen and located in the exit path of the kitchen
  • The top of the extinguisher shall not be more than five feet above the floor and the bottom at least 4½ inches above the floor
  • The extinguisher shall be readily accessible and not obstructed from view – cannot be located behind closed doors or cabinets.


HOMES WITH CENTRAL ALARM SYTEMS:

For homes with a Monitored Central Alarm System (which is the only fire alarm system), an NFPA 72 Inspection Report certifying that the system is fully functional must be provided to the Mount Holly Bureau of Fire Prevention at or prior to the date of resale inspection.  This must be done by a NJ – licensed fire protection company.

Re-inspections of premises that are found to be NOT ACCESSIBLE on the schedule date and time or NON-COMPLIANT with the information provided in this document will be required to reschedule and resubmit the appropriate fee again.