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NJ Fire Prevention and Protection

Posted on: December 22, 2023

Fire Safety Legislation Signed

P.L. 2023, c. 186, known as the “Fire Life Safety Damper & Smoker Control System Inspection Verification Act,” requires building owners to be responsible for ensuring that fire dampers, smoke dampers, and combination fire/smoke dampers are inspected and tested under the Uniform Fire Code. This requirement does not apply to single family, two-family, or attached single family structures used exclusively for dwelling. 

In addition, such building owners must adhere to routing maintenance and periodic testing schedules, for buildings beginning after the dampers have passed applicable tests. Building owners must establish a written schedule for testing. 

Testing under the new law must be conducted by a person who has successfully completed the required skill training program and holds a certificate from ICB as a Fire & Smoke Damper Technician. Smoke Control System technicians must also be certified as TAB technicians certified by the Associated Air Balance Council, the National Environmental Balancing Bureau, or Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau (TABB) of the International Certification Board.  

Rulemaking authority has been given to the Department of Community Affairs Commissioner. 

The law took effect immediately, but its provisions remain inoperative for one year. 

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Deputy Executive Director & Director of Government Affairs, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x112.

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