Q: I am selling my home and I need to obtain a Certificate of Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detetector Compliance. How do I get it?

The New Jersey Uniform Fire Code 5:70-2.3(a) states: “Before any one or two family structure is sold, leased or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes, the owner shall obtain a Certificate of Smoke Alarm,  Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance (CSACMAPFEC), evidencing compliance with N.J.A.C 5:70-4.19.

-The application inspection information can be found HERE

-The completed application & application fee may be mailed to:

Mendham Fire Prevention 6 W. Main Street Mendham, NJ 07945

-The application may also be dropped off at the Bower’s Building drive through during regular business hours or dropped off the in SEWER & TAX PAYMENT BOX after hours.

Inspections are conducted Monday - Friday between 10:00am-12:00pm.

Q: How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors?

A: Batteries should be changed at a minimum of once a year. The Fire Prevention Bureau recommends replacement twice a year and suggests that a good way to remember is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for the beginning and the end of daylight savings time. “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries”

Q: Should smoke detectors ever be replaced?

A: It is recommended that smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years.

Q: Where should I dispose of old fire extinguishers?

Dry chemical extinguishers

  • May be discharged in an area where an acidic fertilizer would be used such as around evergreens. Do not use on lawns.
  • When relieving the pressure (emptying) the container for disposal, review manufacturers’ instructions, or, if unavailable, use the PASS technique
  • Pull the pin: this unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher. Some extinguishers may have other seals or tamper indicators.
  • Aim low: Point the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of the item.
  • Squeeze the lever above the handle: this discharges the extinguishing agent. Releasing the lever will stop the discharge. (Some extinguishers have a button instead of a lever.)
  • Sweep from side to side.
  • After pressure has been relieved (when nothing else comes out) remove the head from the container and place it with scrap metal or in the trash.