In the interest of safety, the Town of North Hempstead unanimously approved the required use of digital carbon monoxide detectors in places of assembly – places with 0-50 people, and public assembly – places with 50 or more people. The measure was approved at the town's April 22 board meeting.
The resolution was amended following an April 1 hearing to include detectors that provide digital readings of carbon monoxide levels that may not reach levels that trigger an alarm.
Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, who spoke at the April 1 hearing, had suggested the council require the digital readers after citing health concerns attributed to low level exposure of carbon monoxide.
“I appreciate Mr. Lewis’ contribution to our April 1 hearing. We listened and acted on his suggestion to require digital detectors,” North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said.
She added, “I believe that this change in the town code will help save lives by warning of dangers long before an alarm is sounded.”