The primary responsibility of the Fire Official’s Office is the enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and other local fire safety regulations. Major activities within the scope of this office include:
- Inspections of Life Hazard Uses
- Inspections of Non-Life Hazard Uses (except owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings)
- Fire Safety Complaints
- Fire Permit Control
- Fire lane enforcement
- Smoke detector / Carbon monoxide /
- Fire extinguisher compliance for the resale of residential properties.
- Fire investigations to determine origin and cause.
Commercial and Business Inspections
Every commercial building and business in the township must be inspected yearly to ensure that all buildings abide by the Uniform Fire Codes of New Jersey. Some of the more common found violations that are found by the Fire Prevention Bureau are:
- Blocked Fire Exits- All Exit doors must be kept clear at all times.
- Exit lights not illuminated- Exits lights must be light at all times.
- Emergency Lights not working- these lights provide light to the occupants incase of emergency.
- Fire Extinguisher Maintenance- these must be maintained tested yearly, the testing company will place a tag on each extinguisher showing when the last test date was.
- Fire Extinguishers Required- Each business should have at least one fire extinguisher is a 2a 20bc. Please check with the Fire Prevention Bureau for how many is required.
- General house cleaning- Do not let items that can easily catch on fire accumulate.
- Extension cord: These are only permitted for use as a temporary power source, such as plugging in a drill. Extension cords maybe are prohibited as a permanent means of a power source.
There are many more violations that can be cited, Please check with the Bureau if you have any questions.
The Bureau is available for civic meetings and businesses to discuss and promote fire safety. The bureau also teaches at the various schools during Fire Prevention Week along with the local fire departments. Some of the many topics we can discuss with your group are as follows:
- General fire safety
- Carbon monoxide emergencies
- Use of fire extinguishers
- Making your house safer
If you would like the bureau to speak at your meeting feel free to contact Rich Silvia at (201) 327-2609 Ext. 237