"PEACE DALE - Carbon monoxide detectors aren't mandatory in schools, but after high levels of the lethal gas caused the evacuation of Peace Dale Elementary School, that might change, Superintendent Robert Hicks said Thursday. Tuesday morning, 520 students were taken to the high school when a heating exhaust vent that was clogged with snow backed high carbon monoxide levels into the school...
"Around 10 am Tuesday, the Union Fire District was called to the school after a smell (not carbon monoxide, which is odorless) was detected emanating from a vent in one of the first floor classrooms. Students were brought upstairs, Hicks said, and then to the gymnasium while the firemen tested for the carbon monoxide levels. Officials evacuated the school after high levels of the odorless, colorless, tasteless gas were found. When inhaled, the gas can cause lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, and is lethal if the victim is not assisted."
It's been nearly a year and a half, and we're curious here at Incident Commander if the Peace Dale Elementary School now has carbon monoxide detectors. Many resolutions are talked about and proposed after an incident such as this, but they're usually forgotten after the fear dies down.
Everything okay again? We'll find out. Every school needs a carbon monoxide detector. They're cheap and they save lives. Ask any fireman or policeman.
So this week I'll call over to Peace Dale and see if they now have carbon monoxide detectors in place and let you know what I find out by the end of the week. I'm hoping for the best. If they don't have any, I'll offer to find some for them.