Following the carbon monoxide poisoning of more than 150 students and staff at a Macoupin County school last year, Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that requires schools to install detectors within 20 feet of equipment that produces carbon monoxide. The unfunded mandate would have been a burden to some of the smaller schools in the area, but Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold tells The Big Z the Alton Fire Department has secured enough money to soften the blow for schools in the city.
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That means each school in Alton will have two detectors delivered free of charge - one for the mechanical rooms, and one for the kitchen areas. The new Illinois law takes effect January 1, 2016.