COVID 19 Information (Fire Inspections – Annual & Resale)

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the Bureau of Fire Prevention will resume residential resale inspections for the purpose of issuance of certification for resale. Given several 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 30 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
  • At time of scheduling, the seller or seller’s agent shall disclose if anyone in the residence has been symptomatic or confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days
    • If any occupant has been symptomatic or confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days, an Affidavit Inspection for Resale will be performed.
  • On the scheduled date/time, ensure that all occupants of the property have vacated along with any dog, cat, or other loose pets
    • Inspectors will not enter the property unless it has been vacated
  • The fee for inspection shall be left for the inspector in the form of certified check, money order, or business check (cash and personal checks will not be accepted as payment)
    • Payment shall be left on the kitchen table or counter and the inspector advised of the location prior to entry
  • The seller or seller’s agent shall standby outside of the residence, with face covering, to confirm with the inspector that the residence is cleared and that all areas are accessible and ready for inspection while maintaining social distancing of 6 foot minimum
  • Occupants are to remain on the exterior of the property during inspection
  • Following completion of the inspection, the inspector will advise if the property has passed or failed the resale inspection
    • If the property has passed inspection, the inspector will leave the Certificate of Inspection on the kitchen table or counter
    • If the property has failed inspection, the inspector will advise the occupant or agent of the discrepancy(ies) and advise to contact the Bureau for another inspection once the deficiency(ies) have been abated

INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS

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.
  • The carbon monoxide alarms shall not be older than the manufacturer’s recommended replacement date.

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.