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Macoupin County Incident Leads To Carbon Monoxide Law For Schools

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A new law will require schools to install carbon monoxide detectors.  The law stems from an incident last year. 

About 150 students and staff became ill at the North Mac Intermediate School in Girard..  Turns out it was a problem with the heating system.  A faulty exhaust pipe.  

A carbon monoxide detector would have alerted those in the building.   While the detectors are required for many structures, schools were left out.  

The new law, which takes effect in January, requires the devices in schools near equipment that can produce carbon monoxide.   The gas is odorless and can be deadly.  

The North Mac School has installed the detectors since the incident.  

3 other states have similar laws. 

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