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Fire Safety

Fire Official: Joseph Olivo
Phone: 908-526-1300 x158


The Branchburg Bureau of Fire Safety is the local enforcing agency administering the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act.  The Branchburg Fire Official and Fire Inspector are certified by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety to conduct fire prevention inspections in all buildings other than single family and two family owner occupied dwellings.  They routinely conduct fire prevention inspections in every commercial and industrial building as well as day care facilities, public and private schools, stores, restaurants, gas stations and the Raritan Valley Community College complex.

The Bureau of Fire Safety also conducts investigations into the cause and origin of fires causing property damage, reviews site plan applications to the Planning Board, enforces the False Fire Alarm Municipal Ordinance and conducts inspections for the Certificate of Smoke Detector Compliance prior to the sale or lease of every residence in Branchburg. Primarily, state and local user fees supplemented by the municipality fund the operating cost of the Bureau of Fire Safety.

Burglar and fire alarm systems are required to be registered with Branchburg Township as outlined in the township ordinances.  This includes all residences within the township as well as business locations.  We are requesting your assistance so the alarm systems can be better managed to afford the protection alarms were designed for and more efficient use of your Police and Fire Services.  The registration fee is only $10.00, but failure to register your alarm could expose the homeowner to a fine from $100.00 up to $1,500.00 and possible imprisonment up to 90 days.

Homeowners can pick up a registration form at Branchburg Police Headquarters or at the Bureau of Fire Safety located in the Municipal Building.  Should you have any questions on this matter, please contact Lillian Ricci at the Bureau of Fire Prevention (908) 526-1300 ext. 158 or the Branchburg Police Department at (908) 526-3830 ext. 2000.


The Fire Safety Office wishes to remind the citizens of Branchburg of fire hazards in the home. Here are some of the most recent causes of residential fires.

Those citizens having fireplaces and stoves should have them cleaned regularly. Creosote buildup in stovepipes and chimneys can ignite causing failure of the flue pipe and possibly spread to the structure.  Burn dry hardwoods.  Keep furniture and combustibles at least 3 feet away. Never place ashes in a combustible container.  Always remove them to a safe area outside.  Ashes can remain hot for days.  Cool with water.  Use caution when working with chemicals, combustible or flammable liquids at home.  READ THE LABELS FOR USE.

Reviewing your own common mistakes can reduce electrical hazards.  Appliance or lamp cords damaged or stuck under heavy furniture or rugs, chewed by pets, wrapped around or knotted?  Does a fuse or circuit breaker trip?  It’s telling you there is trouble.  Don’t keep resetting it.  Find out what is wrong.  Use caution with high intensity lamps and all light bulbs, keep all combustibles away.

Recent residential fires have increased substantially caused by candles.  Unattended candles are now a major cause of home fires.  Use extreme caution.

Have a family meeting and discuss an emergency evacuation plan with the entire family and or any caregivers. Incorporate a routine check of your smoke detectors in your home maintenance duties.  Batteries should be changed when you change your clocks to/from Daylight Savings Time.

Consider adding smoke detectors inside all sleeping areas if the house was not originally equipped to recent standards.

If you feel there is an immediate fire-related problem in your home, call 911 immediately.

The Branchburg Bureau of Fire Safety office is ready to answer your questions regarding fire safety.  We can be reached at the municipal offices at 908-526-1300 ext. 158.


AVAILABLE FORMS FOR THIS DEPARTMENT ARE:

Fire/Burglar Alarm Registration Application

  • The registration fee for each system is:  $10:00
  • For penalties and fines, please see the Municipal Ordinance


Certificate of Smoke Detector or Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Required Fees:
11-1.8 (g) -Certificate of Smoke Detector Carbon Monoxide and Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance

  • A request for a Certificate of Smoke Detector or  Carbon Monoxide Alarm received more than 10 business day prior to the closing or change of occupancy will result in a $50.00 fee
  • A request for a Certificate of Smoke Detector or  Carbon Monoxide Alarm received more than 4 but less than 10 business day prior to the closing or change of occupancy will result in a $85.00 fee
  •  A request for a Certificate of Smoke Detector or  Carbon Monoxide Alarm received less than 4 business day prior to the closing or change of occupancy will result in a $140.00.
  • Should more than two inspections be required, an additional $50.00 shall be charged per inspection.

 

Additional Information

  • Smoke detector placement
  • N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 (A) Before any Use Group R-3 structure is sold, leased or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes the owner shall obtain a Certificate of Smoke Detector or  Carbon Monoxide Alarm from the local enforcing agency.

 

To contact the Fire Official, click here.