Bibb Schools to install carbon monoxide detectors after Atlanta incident
Bibb County Schools plans to install carbon monoxide detectors following an incident in Atlanta this week in which dozens of students were sent to the hospital.
Director of Risk Management David Gowan told WGXA the school system has ordered 22 carbon monoxide units valued at $95 each. Gowan says not all schools will receive a carbon monoxide unit since some have rooftop boilers or alternate forms of heat.
Only 22 Bibb County schools have boiler rooms inside the building. Delivery of the units is expected to be next week with installation being complete by January.
Gowan says the school system already has been performing annual checks on its boiler systems prior to the Atlanta incident.
In addition to Bibb Schools, An Atlanta school official says carbon monoxide detectors will be placed in the elementary school where dozens of students were sickened by the gas -- and plans are under way to install the devices "across the entire district."
Atlanta Public Schools Associate Superintendent Steve Smith made the comments at a Thursday news conference.
More than 40 students and some adults at Finch Elementary School were treated at hospitals after Monday's leak.
Superintendent Erroll Davis said Thursday that an investigation into what caused the leak now focuses on human error rather than equipment failures.
Smith said the maintenance workers failed to reopen a valve after doing work on the Finch Elementary boiler a few days before the leak. Davis said those workers did not initially come forward with that information.