New Jersey Fire Prevention: What you need to know

New Jersey has no specific law or regulation requiring private employers to conduct fire or evacuation drills. New Jersey employers are required to comply with National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101 that has been adopted by reference in NJSA 34:6A-26.

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However, federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs New Jersey's occupational safety and health system, require that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans for each workplace. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally.

Similar requirements are contained in the New Jersey Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act (PEOSH), which covers the workplace safety and health of the state's public sector employees (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:6A-25et seq.).

There is a more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements. Please see the national Fire Drills/Evacuation Drills section. Also check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.

Statewide drills. The state of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) observes and coordinates statewide drills for hurricane evacuation in August and National Preparedness Month in September. For information, go to http://www.nj.us/njoem.

Evacuation drills. NJOEM maintains the 211 phone number for emergencies within the state, including calls for evacuation. NJOEM also has an evacuation drill checklist for schools that would be useful in planning for any facility at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/pdf/5EvacSchoolChecklistword.pdf.

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