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Posted: September 11, 2013 2:57 p.m.

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Guidelines issued on CO detectors in Ga. schools


ATLANTA (AP) — State officials have stopped short of recommending that all Georgia schools be required to install carbon monoxide detectors, opting instead to release guidelines urging schools to review facilities and mitigate risks.

A task force was formed in January at the request of Gov. Nathan Deal after 44 children and 10 adults at an Atlanta elementary school were sickened in a carbon monoxide leak.

The group's recommendations were released Wednesday.

Gretchen Corbin, commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, says the group found requiring detectors in schools might not always be the best solution since many newer ones have electric heating and limited risk.

The group is urging schools to evaluate potential risks and develop a plan of action if needed, including replacing equipment or installing a carbon monoxide detection system.

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