Fire Department FAQ

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Call our Fire Prevention Bureau at 201-808-8080 to request an inspection.

A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at minimum  2A 10B C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. (It will often be labeled A-B-C.) It is recommended that an extinguisher be installed in the kitchen and in the garage.

Extinguishers are required based on the type of hazard at your business. The minimum rating for an office with normal combustibles is: 2A 10BC.

You should have at least one smoke detector in each bedroom, the hallway, in the sleeping area, and at the top of all stairways. Smoke rises, so the best place to install a detector is on the ceiling or high on an inside wall approximately 6-8 inches below the ceiling. However, do not install a smoke detector within three feet of any device that might blow the smoke away. Call the fire department at 201-808-8080 for specific information on requirements for smoke detector placement.

The fire department recommends that you test your smoke detector monthly.  Batteries normally last up to one year, and usually the smoke detector provides an audible indication (a chirp) when the batteries become weak. As a reminder, the fire department suggests you “Change your clock, Change your battery” each fall of the year.

Firefighters are very much concerned about running over fire hoses because the hose can be damaged and any firefighter at the end of a nozzle will have the water interrupted and possibly cause injury or death.  (THE FIREHOSE IS THE LIFELINE OF A FIREFIGHTER WHEN FIGHTING A FIRE)

Firefighters ventilate smoke and superheated gases for safety and visibility. This allows firefighters to get inside the building to find and extinguish the fire, thereby reducing property damage. This also reduce the chances of a possible backdraft explosion.

We block traffic lanes for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize.

Firefighters keep weeds and bushes four feet from fire hydrants for visibility and accessibility.

The NJ edition of the Uniform Fire Code strictly regulates and prohibits open burning outdoors.

You must meet certain criteria.  Call our Fire Prevention Bureau at 201-808-8080