School districts throughout Illinois install carbon monoxide detectors

SPRINGFIELD - Some school officials in Illinois are installing carbon monoxide detectors in their schools ahead of proposed legislation that would make it mandatory for schools in the state to be equipped with the detectors.

Last week, legislation requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in schools was proposed by state Senator Sam McCann.  The proposal follows a carbon monoxide leak at North Mac Junior High School, which sent 150 students and staff members to the hospital.

However, several school officials are already deciding to install detectors and set up evacuation plans in case another leak occurs.

Maroa-Forsyth school chief Mike Williams says the leak at the Macoupin County school prompted him to have detectors installed near water heaters and furnaces.  Sangamon Valley School District Superintendent Ernie Fowler also recently ordered detectors for all schools in the district, and has given directions to principals on how to respond if carbon monoxide is detected.  Clinton School District Superintendent Jeff Holmes said he plans to ask school board members to approve the installation of detectors at the junior high and high school. 
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