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CO Detectors Are Not Required in Schools

CO Detectors Are Not Required in Schools

More than 100 people – most of them children – were sickened when carbon monoxide leaked from a faulty water heater flue at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard on Monday.

Only a few people were hospitalized for observation, and the North Mac school district then installed carbon monoxide detectors. It’s not the law.

“There’s a very substantial health life safety code in the state of Illinois,” says Ben Schwarm, “where school buildings go through a more rigorous assessment of their safety features than most any other buildings.:

Schwarm is deputy executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards and says unfunded mandates are unpopular. He says if there is a bill which comes through, he would favor finding money already available.

Meanwhile, he says, as North Mac has now done, districts are free to install detectors if they want to.

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