Source: 101.5 News - Recent natural gas explosions have prompted legislation that would require gas leak detectors in New Jersey dwellings. Recent explosions in Point Pleasant and Stafford township leveled houses and injured residents. In addition, a woman died in a gas blast in Ewing about a year ago.
Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all (R-Ocean County) are co-sponsoring a bill to require gas leak sensors that would warn residents when there are unsafe levels of methane or propane gas in the air.
“We understand that there’s a cost involved. But when you weigh that against the potential loss of life and property, injuries, etc., we think the balance is struck in favor of safety,” McGuckin said.
Under the proposed bill, requirements for explosive gas detectors would be similar to laws for carbon monoxide detectors. Inspectors issuing certificates of occupancy for sales or rentals would be required to make sure detectors for carbon monoxide and explosive gas have been properly installed. The legislation, however, would permit a single device that can detect both types of gasses. The law would also apply to every unit in a hotel or multiple dwelling, according to lawmakers.
“The technology is improving to the point where these are readily available, they are inexpensive. I think the cost that I saw was $40 at Home Depot,” McGuckin said.