SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois school officials who don't want to wait months to find out if they have to install carbon monoxide detectors are taking matters into their own hands.
Last week, state Sen. Sam McCann introduced legislation requiring school buildings to be equipped with the detectors. The proposal follows a carbon monoxide leak in a Macoupin County school, which sent 150 students and staff to a local hospital.
Maroa-Forsyth school chief Mike Williams told the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises that the incident at North Mac Junior High prompted him to get carbon monoxide detectors installed near furnaces and water heaters.
"It is better to be safe than sorry," he said.
Sangamon Valley School District Superintendent Ernie Fowler recently ordered detectors for all of the schools in his district. He also gave principals directions on how to respond the gas is detected.
Jeff Holmes, superintendent of the Clinton School District, said he plans to ask school board members to approve the installation of carbon monoxide detectors at the high school and junior high.
"When you are talking about the safety of individuals sometimes you just have to take care of it," he said.