Con Ed said in a prepared statement it has made a series of changes in its responses to gas leaks, including:
- Evacuating buildings when gas levels in the air cannot be lowered below 0.5 percent.
- Asking fire department and other agencies to remain on the scene to assist for as long as needed to protect the safety of customers, employees and other responders, as well as property.
- Dispatching more Con Ed workers when gas readings that cannot be quickly eliminated or reduced are found in multiple structures.
Additionally, the fire department is adding combustible gas detectors that can measure natural gas concentrations to the regular complement of equipment firefighters carry, said department spokesman Jim Long.
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