NEW JERSEY SMOKE DETECTOR REGULATIONS
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019
The New Jersey Uniform Fire Code has changed the requirements for SMOKE and CARBON MONOXIDE detectors in regards to residential re-sales.
Single station 9 volt and AA battery operated detectors are no longer acceptable devices for the purpose of compliance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19 standard for Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Alarms for one and two family dwellings.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Devices Using These Batteries Are Not Acceptable
N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 (c) Requires a “TEN-YEAR SEALED BATTERY POWERED SINGLE STATION SMOKE ALARM.” Which is a lithium battery powered device.
This change in the requirement is to deter occupants from removing the batteries from the units, which has been found to be the primary cause of detector failure in post-fire analyses.
This requirement does not apply to 110 volt interconnected smoke and carbon monoxide devices at this time, as well as, Low voltage monitored devices.
The 10 year LITHIUM devices are available at home improvement centers.
Placement of the devices remain the same.
Harding Township does not provide the Smoke Detector Certification Inspection. This program is under the direction of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.