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Examples of Carbon Monoxide Sources in Schools:

1)Fuel fired heating systems like boilers, indoor heating/ventilation units, outdoor rooftop units, outdoor ground units, and makeup air units.

2)Multi-zone gas fired systems serving muliple rooms require devices in each room or within ductwork within the 20 foot requirement.

3)Interior emergency generators

4)Fuel fire kitchen equipment like ranges, ovens, steamers and dishwashers.

5)Fuel fired domestic water heaters

6)Lab and shop equipment outlets such as gas outlets in science rooms, torches in welding labs, gas fired kilns, stationary or portable engines in an auto shop, gas powered tools in any wood/work shops.

7)Maintenance operations such as propane powered floor machines.

8)Any fuel burning piece of equipment.

July 2018–STATE HOUSE — Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) and Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) that effectively requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all schools. 

The law (2018-H 7041A, 2018-S 2179A) requires all school buildings where students are in attendance to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained. The act also authorizes the Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review to promulgate rules and regulations to enforce the provisions of the requirement.

Carbon monoxide is a gas that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, and can be fatal when breathed. The symptoms that occur with carbon monoxide poisoning, such as a headache, can be similar to those of common illnesses. These similarities often lead to an incorrect diagnosis, such as flu, allergies, migraine headache or stroke.

The issue was brought to the attention of Representative McNamara by a Cranston woman, whose daughter was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning that she believes her daughter suffered at school.

“The fact that the school administration building has carbon monoxide detectors, but the schools that are filled with children do not is appalling to me,” said Pauline Belal, who testified in favor of the bill at a meeting of the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee.

LAW: Effective January 1,2019, all school buildings where students are in attendance for any portion of the day shall be required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the National Fire Protection Association (“‘NFPA”) Code and the state fire safety code (‘”state code”), chapter 28.1 of title 23. The fire safety code board of appeal and review (the “board”) established pursuant to chapter 28.3 of title 23 shall have authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to enforce the provisions of this section. Provided, in the event the state fire marshal determines that neither the NFPA code nor the state code have provisions in place to govern such installation, then the state fire marshal may use the provisions of NFPA Code 1/NFPA 101, 2015 editions, NFPA Code 720, 2012 edition, the state fire code, and any additional requirements provided under those codes for licensed nursery or day care services, as guidance in the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in schools, until such time as the board promulgates applicable rules and regulations.

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