I am selling my home and I need to obtain a Certificate of Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm, and Portable Fire Extinguisher 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.
    • Mail or drop off completed application &  fee to:
      • Mendham Borough Clerk's Office
        2 W. Main Street
        Mendham, NJ 07945
  • Inspections
    • Monday - Friday between 10:00am-12:00pm.

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

  • 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”

Should smoke detectors ever be replaced?

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

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.