New Jersey Senate Republicans

08/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/23/2019 11:54

Bucco/Thompson Fireplace Safety Measure Now Law

Senators Anthony Bucco and Sam Thompson sponsor legislation signed into law today creating a statewide license for master hearth professionals.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Sam Thompson to improve fireplace safety was signed into law. (Pixabay)

'This new law is helpful to residents in my legislative district and across the state,' said Bucco (R-25). 'It's an opportunity for skilled hearth professionals to concentrate on their trade and running a business. This legislation grew from strong bipartisan support, and I am pleased it is now law.'

The bill (A3118 /S1303) creates statewide licensing for the installation, replacement, connection, and repair of fireplaces and hearth appliances, eliminating licenses issued by individual municipalities and local agencies.

The license extends to installing or repairing barbecues, fireplaces and inserts, wood and pellet stoves, and gas logs.

'Faulty work can have serious consequences, including fires and carbon monoxide poisoning,' said Thompson (R-12). 'It's important to have a skilled and certified tradesman do the job. This bill ensures competent workers doing safe, quality work.'

To qualify for the license, a tradesman must be 21 years of age, a resident or legal citizen, be certified as a master hearth specialist by a recognized source, and have five years' experience in hearth work.

Licensed specialists are required to complete any continuing education requirements imposed by the Board of Examiners of the Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Contractors.