State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) filed legislation this week that would ensure schools are aware of dangerous carbon monoxide levels, preventing students from being exposed to the “silent killer.”
“Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and very deadly. We have to protect our children from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide,” said Senator McCann. “The only way to do that is to make sure schools have the equipment to detect dangerous levels of CO.”
Senate Bill 3669 would require that all schools have approved carbon monoxide detectors in all buildings where students are present. The Illinois State Fire Marshall would determine the exact placement of the detectors, as well as develop a list of approved models. Exemptions would be provided for buildings where there is no source of carbon monoxide.
Earlier this week, more than 150 North Mac students and staff members were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning.
“What happened at North Mac was an extremely unfortunate incident, but if students had been exposed much longer, it could have been turned into an absolute tragedy,” said Senator McCann. “This legislation will help to ensure that there isn’t a ‘next time.’”