Code Enforcement & Inspections

Common Fire Code Violations

  • Blocked Exit Doors - all exit doors must be kept clear at all times.
  • Electrical Panel Box Clearance - there should be at least a 36" clearance around the panel.
  • Emergency Lights not Working - necessary to provide light to occupants in the case of an emergency.
  • Exit Signs not Working - must be lit at all times.
  • Extension Cords - permitted only for use as a temporary power source; prohibited on a permanent basis. 
  • Fire Alarm - system must undergo an annual inspection; a written copy of the test report must be submitted to the Fire Marshal's Office.
  • Fire Extinguisher Maintenance - must be maintained and tested annually; testing company will place a dated tag on each extinguisher.
  • General House Cleaning - do not allow an accumulation of combustible items.
  • Space Heaters - are permitted, but must have a clearance space around them; do not place any combustible items near the heater; must be plugged into a fixed outlet; do not use with an extension cord.
  • Sprinkler Systems - must be serviced and tested annually; a written copy of the test report must be submitted to the Fire Marshal's Office. PLEASE NOTE: On January 28, 2016, the NJ Department of Community Affairs issued a list of companies that are NOT permitted to install, service, inspect, repair or maintain fire protection equipment in New Jersey.