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Smoke Detectors
  • Install detectors on every level, including the basement. Levels that have bedrooms, detectors shall be installed within 10 feet of the bedrooms.
  • The detectors should preferably be mounted on the ceiling.
  • If a detector has to be mounted on a wall, it must be mounted 4 inches minimum and 12 inches maximum from the ceiling.
  • Detectors must be 4 inches from any corner, and a minimum of 3 feet from any air registers.
  • Please be sure to refer to the manufactures installation guide as well.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CO)
  • On each level that has sleeping areas, detectors shall be installed within 10 feet of the bedrooms.
  • They can be mounted on ceilings or walls with no height restrictions.
  • Please be sure to check the manufactures installation guide as well.
Fire Extinguishers
  • At least 1 portable fire extinguisher shall be installed in all 1 and 2-family dwellings upon a sale or change of tenancy.
  • The size shall be a minimum of 2A:10 BC rating and no bigger than a 10-pound ABC type.
  • The extinguisher shall be charged, operable, and mounted in a visible location, within 10 feet of the kitchen and not blocked by furniture, behind a door or in a closet.
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Fees
  • The fee for the fire safety inspection is $75.
  • A re-inspection will occur if any of the above mandates fail and will also result in an additional $40 fee for each additional re-inspection.
  • Payment can be made by check payable to the ‘Borough of Madison.’
Helpful Hints
  • If you have a monitored fire alarm system, you will be required to know how to operate it! The alarm must be placed on test through the alarm company before we can test the alarm. You must know the pass codes, and how to reset the alarm.
  • Do not mount detectors in attic unless it is a finished room.
  • Do not mount detectors in the stairwell or at the top of basement stairs.
  • Do not mount detectors in kitchen as they often result in many nuisance alarms due to cooking.
  • All smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced after 5 years. To schedule the inspection or if you have any additional questions please call 973-593-3021