PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill to require carbon monoxide detectors in schools.
A measure by Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara would require all school buildings that are frequented by students to have detectors installed beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
McNamara says carbon monoxide detectors are required in homes in 27 states, including Rhode Island, but only five require them in schools. Rhode Island’s neighbor, Connecticut, is one of the five.
McNamara says he was contacted by a Cranston constituent who believes her daughter was exposed to carbon monoxide at school.
A House committee has recommended the bill be studied.
The state education department says while detectors aren’t explicitly required under school building regulations, schools must comply with building and fire codes and larger school construction projects must include detectors.