(Trenton) - Recognizing the need for stronger safety protections in New Jersey schools with potential carbon monoxide hazards, Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Connie Wagner recently introduced legislation that would require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors devices in all schools, public and private.
The legislation (A-3640) was prompted by an incident at an elementary school in Georgia where potentially lethal levels of carbon monoxide (CO) sent several teachers and students to the hospital last December. The Assemblywomen sponsored the legislation to prevent such an incident from happening in New Jersey and to protect the health and safety of children and school employees.
"In the days after Hurricane Sandy many New Jersey schools operated on generators, which emit carbon monoxide," said Lampitt (D-Camden, Burlington). "What happened in Georgia should raise concerns across the nation. CO detectors should be required in schools with a heat source that could potentially emit carbon monoxide to protect our children."
"What occurred in the Atlanta elementary school could have happened right here in New Jersey," said Watson Coleman (D-Mercer, Hunterdon). "There are a number of older schools with aging heating systems, and leaks in school heating systems that could lead to a buildup of CO. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are just as essential to fire safety as fire extinguishers and alarms."
"Making sure our children are kept healthy and safe at school always will be a priority, never an option," said Wagner (D-Bergen, Passaic). "Carbon Monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and lethal at high levels. We have CO detectors in our homes to protect our families. We should also have them in the second place our children are the most, at school."
Unsafe levels of the carbon monoxide at Finch Elementary School forced, 42 students and 7 teachers to be hospitalized and 500 people to evacuate in early December, according to reports. The Georgia school was not equipped with carbon monoxide detection devices.
Currently, twenty-five states have laws requiring carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. If enacted, New Jersey would become the second state to devices in public and non-public schools.
There have been at least 19 CO-related incidents at schools since 2007, causing at least 349 children and staff to be hospitalized, according to a USA Today report.
The bill would direct the Department of Community Affairs to disseminate regulations concerning standards and installation of such devices.
To read more, please visit the New Jersey General Assembly Democratic Office Web site.
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."- Nelson Mandela
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.