Smoke alarm rule changes in New Jersey

David Madden
March 10, 2019 - 4:00 am
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TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey fire officials are beginning enforcement of a new regulation on smoke alarms that’s been in place for about a year.

The state wants the newest type of alarms in use in most residences. They’re the ones with permanent, 10-year batteries in them that can’t be tampered with. 

“Any one or two family dwelling is required to have these at time of resale or change of occupancy,” Louis Kilmer with the state Division of Fire Safety told KYW Newsradio. “The local inspector would come out, check for these and give you a certificate that you would need to take with you to settlement or when a new tenant is moving in.”

Apartments and hotel rooms should already have them, since they are inspected annually.     

Kilmer says the change is not only safe, but cost effective since by the time you factor in changing batteries twice a year in the old smoke detectors it all evens out. 

There are penalties for violators but the aim at this point is to work with homeowners and landlords to get this done.