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Lawmaker Pushes To Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Schools

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

Valdosta, GA - Carbon monoxide is a deadly, nearly undetectable gas.
Yet few schools have detectors in place.

Only two states, Connecticut and Maryland, require schools to use them. But if Atlanta Representative Sheila Jones has her way, they will be in every elementary and secondary school in Georgia by July 1st.

"I think we all want our children safe and we want our grand children safe," said Sharon Spuhler, concerned grand parent. "So we need to take the measures when we are detecting some sort of danger to keep them safe."

The legislation was filed Friday, four days after a carbon monoxide leak in an Atlanta elementary school sent as many as 50 students and teachers to the hospital. The school did not have detectors.

We called around to local schools in our area. Neither Lowndes nor Valdosta Public Schools use Carbon Monoxide detectors. School leaders say they don't need them. And they say only schools with boiler rooms do.

"But at least if there is a boiler system, I do believe there should be something in place for that," said Spuhler.

The issue is still under examination by state lawmakers. And a federal version is in the early stages of discussion in Washington.

We called Representative Jones' office to ask whether she feels detectors are needed in schools without boiler rooms but our calls were not returned Monday.


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