Beach Haven to Address New Smoke Alarm Regulations

Mar 27, 2019

Beach Haven is readying a new procedure for inspection of smoke detectors in rental properties as prescribed by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs. In January, the state announced a change in the uniform construction code, which requires residences, motel rooms and rooming houses built before 1977 to have a 10-year sealed battery smoke alarm installed. Homes built after 1977 are not subject to the new regulations because requirements already existed for the residences to have a hardwired alarm.

The DCA’s Division of Fire Safety proposed and adopted the regulations for the sealed battery smoke alarms because it stops people from removing the battery, allowing the device to be ready to work if a fire were to occur and to reduce the number of injuries and deaths.

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said the inspections would fall under Pat O’Donnell, who is code enforcement officer.

“He is also a Beach Haven volunteer fireman who would be very familiar with how smoke alarms work,” she said.

Davis said the state gave the borough the option to use state, county or local inspectors.

“For us, I think it’s best for us to have this done in-house,” she said. “Our code enforcement office would be easily accessible to our residents, and we would be able to have someone nearby in case there was problem, rather than have to call on someone from the county or the state.”

She said the inspection procedures would have to be outlined in an ordinance, which the council has not yet introduced. Davis said it could come up for discussion at the agenda meeting scheduled Thursday, March 28, at 4 p.m. She said it is possible an ordinance could be drawn up for the next regular meeting, scheduled for Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. E.E.

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