Regulations for Fire Extinguishers on All Sales and Rentals of Residential Dwellings

The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has implemented regulations regarding the installation of Fire Extinguishers, at the change of occupancy, in all residential dwelling units which are sold, leased, or rented, effective November of 2005.

Please note the following regulations and installation requirements which shall be followed:

  1. One fire extinguisher shall be installed upon the change of occupancy.
  2. The fire extinguisher shall be listed, labeled, charged, and operable.
  3. The size of the fire extinguisher shall be a minimum of 5 pounds and not greater than 10 pounds, “ABC” extinguisher for residential use.
  4. The fire extinguisher must be installed on the hanger or bracket supplied by the manufacturer.
  5. The fire extinguisher shall be located in the kitchen or visible within 10 feet of the kitchen.
  6. The top of the fire extinguisher must not be higher than five feet from the floor.
  7. The fire extinguisher must be visible, and in a readily accessible location, free from obstructions (Furniture, storage, or other items)
  8. The fire extinguisher must be placed near a room exit or travel path that provides an escape route to the exterior of the home.
  9. The fire extinguisher must be accompanied by an owner's manual or written information regarding the operation, inspection, and maintenance of the unit.
  10. The fire extinguisher must be installed with the operating instructions and labeling clearly visible.

Fire extinguishers are to be MOUNTED and in plain site within 10 feet of the stove. They should NOT be placed in cabinets or closets where they can be blocked.

For further information on SMOKE DETECTORS, CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS and FIRE EXTINGUISHER PLACEMENT, consult the DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY in TRENTON, NEW JERSEY.