A 2014 carbon monoxide leak at the North Mac school district in Girard Ill prompted legislators to enact a bill mandating installation of CO alarms in state schools North Mac (Ill.) Schools

A 2014 carbon monoxide leak at the North Mac school district in Girard, Ill., prompted legislators to enact a bill mandating installation of CO alarms in state schools.

Legislation would require carbon monoxide detectors in Illinois schools

Lawmakers approve new requirement and send bill to governor.

Illinois schools would be required to have carbon monoxide alarms under legislation heading to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that state lawmakers approved the requirement after a carbon monoxide scare last year at a school in Girard, Ill.

The proposed law states that school districts in Illinois must put carbon monoxide alarms in each school building.

The impetus for the legislation was a carbon monoxide leak in September 2014 at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard. About 140 students and staff were treated at area hospitals.

After the leak, the North Mac district purchased carbon monoxide alarms for all of its schools.

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