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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 19, 2019 10:10 AM
From: Representative Adam Ravenstahl
To: All House members
Subject: Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Schools
The health and safety of our children in school is of paramount importance. Parents need to know that when they send their child to school, that child will be in a safe environment that is free from toxicity. School administrators, teachers and other school employees all deserve the same protections.

However, there have been several reports of carbon monoxide poisoning occurring in schools. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas produced by incomplete combustion in fuel-burning devices such as gas-powered furnaces, motor vehicles and portable generators. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion, and high levels of CO inhalations can cause loss of consciousness and death. Most concerning is that CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. Thus, the need for CO detectors in schools is great.

With this in mind, my legislation would require each school building with fossil-fuel burning heating systems or appliances to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. If installing these critical, life-saving devices in our schools helps to save even the life of just one child or school employee, this effort will have more than proven its value to us as parents and family members. Unfortunately, I have personal experience with the dangers of this silent killer, having lost family members to CO exposure.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation, as we seek to ensure the health and safety of our children and school employees.

Introduced as HB1399