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?

A: To apply for a certificate of compliance from the Fire Prevention Bureau, please fill out the “SMOKE DETECTOR, CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM, AND PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER INSPECTION” found HERE.

The application MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY & SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF A NOTARY IN ORDER TO BE VALID. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS.

-The 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.

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.