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Fire Safety

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BUREAU OF FIRE SAFETY (856) 783-0284 EXT.123

Purpose

The mission of the Clementon Bureau of Fire Safety is to prevent fires by enforcing the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act within the borough. The primary responsibilities of the Fire Safety Bureau are:

  • Inspect all structures, except owner-occupied residences, annually for compliance with fire safety codes
  • Inspect all homes for sale to ensure smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers are installed and operating
  • Perform inspections required to maintain certificates of occupancy issued by the construction offical for commercial buildings and residential non-owner occupied properties.
  • Investigate fires and explosions that occur within the borough.
  • Issue permits for certain activities for which they are required.
  • Conduct safety lectures and presentations .

The Fire Official and all Fire Inspectors are required to undergo extensive training to become Certified Fire Official and Inspectors by the New Jersey State Division of Fire Safety. Additional training is also attended throughout the year in order to keep certifications current. Fire Officials and Fire Inspectors are required to re-certify every three years.

The Fire Prevention Bureau is on call 24×7 for fire related emergencies in the borough. The bureau investigates all reported fires and explosions that involve loss of life, serious injury, destruction or damage to property. All fires that occur within town are reported to the National Fire Reporting System.

FIRE INSPECTIONS

What to Expect During a Fire Inspection:

The inspector will introduce him/herself, present identification and inform you of the purpose of the inspection, i.e. annual fire inspection.

The inspector will ask you for any required paperwork such as a sprinkler and/or fire alarm inspection certification report.

The inspector will then proceed to inspect the entire occupancy. A representative of the occupant is requested to accompany the inspector. The representative should have keys or other methods to access all areas to facilitate the inspection. During the inspection, the inspector will point out violations and corrective requirements

The most common violations found are:

  • Exit and emergency lighting out
  • Exits and exit-ways blocked, locked, inaccessible
  • Fire extinguisher annual inspection due
  • Poor housekeeping, excess rubbish
  • Merchandise stacked too high, unstable piles
  • Improper use of extension cords
  • Fire doors chocked open
  • Improper storage of propane
  • Utility access blocked (gas meters, electrical panels)
  • Range hoods and ducts not cleaned

After the inspection is complete you will receive a written report of all violations found and an “Order to Correct” notice. Normally you will have 30 days to correct all violations. In the case of certain serious violations you may be given a shorter time period, typically 7 days to correct the serious violation. If the violation is deemed to be an “Imminent Hazard” , the premises may be closed down until the hazard is corrected. The Bureau will re-inspect on or about 30 days after issuance of the violation notice. It is expected that all violations will have been corrected at that time. Failure to correct all violations may result in the issuance of a penalty. If all violations have been corrected, a “Certificate of Satisfactory Compliance” will be sent to you.