Sustainability Institute Director Adds Insight to Critical CO Issue

By Carl Macgowan

Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy University, said before the vote that Brookhaven would be the first municipality in the nation to require digital detectors in homes. Hempstead and North Hempstead towns require the devices in "places of assembly," but not in homes or small businesses, he said.

"Brookhaven will be the first to say that all the residential [detectors] will be required to have this digital readout," Lewis said. "We're very excited that we have a town that is saying, 'We need to have a CO detector.' "

Unlike conventional detectors, which sound alarms when carbon monoxide reaches potentially lethal levels, digital units also show how much of the gas is present before it becomes dangerous, Lewis said.

Low levels of carbon monoxide, which may be emitted by car exhaust, ovens and furnaces, also cause maladies such as headaches, depression, memory loss, fatigue and lack of sleep, Lewis said.  Read More.

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