Carbon monoxide alarms in Illinois schools now required by law

Illinois schools must be equipped by Jan. 1, 2016 with carbon monoxide detectors or alarms under legislation recently signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers were spurred to action after a carbon monoxide leak in 2014 at the North Mac Middle School in Girard, Illinois. About 140 students and teachers were taken to an area hospital for treatment after a carbon monoxide leak was detected in a water heater vent. The new law directs Districts to install carbon monoxide alarms within 20 feet of a source of Carbon Monoxide in each school building. Go to http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0470 for the full text and requirements.