New Law Requires Battery-Powered Smoke Detectors To Be Replaced
|Date:||February 22, 2019|
A new state law that went into effect on Jan. 1 requires battery-powered smoke detectors to have 10-year sealed battery units. This change will affect many properties that do not have hard-wired smoke detectors.
The new equipment is powered by long-life batteries that never need to be replaced – homeowners can rest assured that their alarms are always on. After 10 years, the entire units must be replaced.
Starting immediately, properties without hard-wired detectors must have the new 10-year sealed battery smoke detectors to pass inspection for transfers of title and rental units. The new equipment is readily available at local hardware and home improvement stores.
Ocean City's Existing Ordinance Related to Smoke Detectors
a. Smoke Detectors Required. All structures used, or intended for use, for residential purposes including any single family or two (2) family structure, or individually-owned condo units within a multifamily structure shall have a smoke sensitive alarm device on each level of the structure, and outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom and located on or near the ceiling. The installation shall be in accordance with the National Fire Protection Standard Number 74-1984. The installation of battery operated smoke sensitive alarm devices shall be accepted as meeting the requirements of this section. The smoke sensitive device shall be tested and listed by a product certification agency recognized by the Department of Community Development, Construction Code Enforcement Office or Municipal Code Enforcement, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Program.
b. Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required. All structures used, or intended for use, for residential purposes including any single family or two (2) family structure, or individually-owned condo units within a multifamily structure, containing a fuel burning appliance or having an attached garage shall have carbon monoxide sensitive alarm devices installed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-6.4 through 6.7 and 6.21(a), 6.25(a), 6.26(a), 6.27 and 6.31. The carbon monoxide sensitive devices shall be tested and listed by a product certification agency recognized by the Department of Community Development, Construction Code Enforcement Office of Municipal Code Enforcement, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Program.
In the case of sale or change of occupancy of any single-family or two-family structure, or individually-owned condo units within a multifamily structure, no owner shall lease, sell or otherwise permit occupancy for residential purposes of said building without first obtaining from the Department of Administration a certificate evidencing compliance with the requirements of this section. Requests for inspections and determination of compliance with this section shall be made to the Department of Administration.
a. Certificates for seasonal rental units, including any portion of a single-family or two-family dwelling, will be issued for a period of up to twelve (12) months, regardless of the number or frequency of changes in tenancy.
b. A building in full compliance with the subcodes adopted pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code Act and regulations in force at the time of its construction and possessing a valid certificate of occupancy shall be deemed in compliance with this section. Such buildings are subject to inspections as required by this section in order to determine if smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly maintained.
d. A certificate evidencing compliance with requirements of this section shall be retained by the owner or the agent on behalf of the owner.
e. Failure to comply on first inspection which necessitates follow-up visits shall incur reinspection fees as shown in Chapter XXX, Schedule B.
f. Missed appointments shall be considered as a reason for failure to comply and be subject to additional fees as shown in Chapter XXX, Schedule B.