Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has asked Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty to explore whether the state needs to write regulations for local school districts to install carbon monoxide detectors in school buildings, the governor told WABE Radio.
Deal added that doesn't believe the Georgia Legislature needs to write any new laws due to the statewide concern the Atlanta carbon monoxide leak has already caused. However, Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, chairman of the House Education Committee, said state lawmakers want to examine the issue.
In Atlanta, the boiler area is where a carbon monoxide level of 1,700 parts per million - one of the highest Atlanta firefighters had ever seen, in any building - was detected at the southwest-side school on Monday.
Two maintenance workers serviced the boiler there just days before the leak, and failed to reopen a valve after doing the work, Atlanta Superintendent Erroll Davis said.
There are now plans to install carbon monoxide detectors across the district in Atlanta Public Schools, Associate Superintendent Steve Smith said at a news conference this week. Stephen Alford, district spokesman, said the devices will be installed in every school in the district.