Carbon monoxide sensors installed, tested in science labs at West Florence
School officials in Florence School District One have announced that carbon monoxide sensors have been installed in the science labs at West Florence High. They say that this step is taken as another precautionary measure to allay some parents’ fears about carbon monoxide exposure.
Last week after concerns of carbon monoxide exposure were raised by a school employee and subsequently by some students, Florence School District One responded with testing of the areas of the school by an environmental services firm. The firm, known as ABS Environmental, Inc., noted that the schools CO concentration did not exceed OSHA’s permissible exposure limits.
Florence One also received support from a medical director of the Clinical Laboratories at McLeod who indicated that exposure to such items as car exhausts, furnaces, kerosene heaters and smoking (primary or secondary) can result in elevated levels of carbon monoxide. Parents at West Florence and school staff members also received this written documentation from both the environmental firm as well as the clinical laboratories director at McLeod.
According to Florence One Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Lionel Brown, the carbon monoxide sensors that have been installed will receive a test run as professional contractors and Florence One maintenance crew members work to make certain that the labs which have been equipped with the sensors are in good working condition.
Florence One officials say only a few states require carbon monoxide detectors in schools; however, this solution of installation of detectors at West Florence is designed to ensure as well as restore, parent and student confidence in the safety of the school’s atmosphere when they returned to school on Monday morning.