Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that addresses the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning at school. The new law requires all schools have approved carbon monoxide detectors in all buildings where students are present.
The bill was sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill). The law requires schools to install detectors within 20 feet of equipment that produces carbon monoxide. Exemptions would be provided for buildings with no source of carbon monoxide. More than 150 students and staff at a Macoupin County school were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning in an incident last September, prompting the creation of the bill.