How safe are your children at school? Today in Atlanta’s Finch Elementary School the unthinkable happened. As everyone began their school day, as many as 49 unsuspecting children and staff members were poisoned by carbon monoxide. “The incident was first reported at 9 a.m. ET. No one was found unconscious at the scene, but the carbon monoxide reading was 1700, which Atlanta Fire said was high”, Reported NBC news.
The entire school had to be evacuated. Those poisoned were said to have mild to moderate symptoms of poisoning.
This raises a huge question of just how safe are your children at school. No parents ever send their child off to school expecting anything to go wrong, but as this incident proves, things can go very wrong.
No one knows just where or how the carbon monoxide got into the air at the school. This is the same stuff that pours out of your tail pipe of your car or comes from the incomplete burning of coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
On average, 170 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These are those injured by carbon monoxide produced from sources other than your car. Fuel burning stoves can malfunction, pilot lights can go out on gas fueled appliances, generators are powered indoors against all warnings on the units and fireplaces can get out of control and put these fumes in the house. At least 94 of the 170 reported deaths have come from incorrect generator use.
With stores selling carbon monoxide detectors, why didn’t the school have detectors? Doesn’t this seem like the best way to avoid sickness from a mishap, say, with a gas furnace? Some obvious questions will have to be answered.
There will be an investigation as to the source of this leak of CO into the air at this elementary school. Further details will be reported as they are available.
*Update: As many as 43 children and 6 adults were poisoned and taken to area hospitals.
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