Thursday, January 17 2013 5:32 PM EST2013-01-17 22:32:14 GMT
Hundreds of students at a north Nashville charter school returned to class Thursday for the first time since dozens of them got sick from carbon monoxide poisoning earlier this week. Officials at DrexelMore >
Hundreds of students at a north Nashville charter school returned to class Thursday for the first time since dozens of them got sick from carbon monoxide poisoning earlier this week.More >
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Carbon monoxide can take your life in a matter of minutes, yet there are no laws in Tennessee requiring protection against it. However, after the Channel 4 I-Team got involved, at least one city leader plans a fight to change that.
Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the "silent killer." It has no odor, taste or color, and without a detector, it may be impossible to detect a leak before it's too late.
The Channel 4 I-Team has been investigating ever since dozens of Nashville children were hospitalized in January after a leak at their school.
More than 40 students survived that carbon monoxide leak from a busted heating unit at Drexel Academy.
Smoke alarms are required in Nashville schools and homes, but carbon monoxide detectors are not, and Metro Councilman Scott Davis said he knows all too well what the students' parents went through.
"I have had an unfortunate experience recently with my own child," said Davis.
Thankfully, Davis' daughter is OK after being hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning. Now, Davis wants an ordinance passed requiring detectors in Nashville's public buildings.
"Looking at ways to require schools and other public buildings that use gas to have carbon monoxide detectors so that none of these other tragedies can happen again," said Davis.
The state doesn't require carbon monoxide detectors in schools.
Drexel had carbon monoxide detectors installed at the time the students became ill, but they were not located in the classrooms where the children got sick. And those alarms eventually sounded, but it wasn't until hours after the school had already been evacuated when officials originally believed the students were sick with the flu.
More than 40 students were admitted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning, where they spent the next 23 hours hooked up to oxygen tanks as a precaution.
The school has since installed carbon monoxide detectors throughout the building, which is something officials with the Nashville Fire Department would like to see in buildings across the city.
When Drexel installed those new carbon monoxide detectors, several Channel 4 News viewers noticed those detectors should've been installed lower on the wall. So, the I-Team checked in to it.
Fire officials said some carbon monoxide detectors should be installed at knee height and others at approximately two-feet below the ceiling.
The best advice is to follow the instructions that come with the individual detector.
Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Monday, June 17 2013 3:06 PM EDT2013-06-17 19:06:38 GMT
A registered sex offender in Connecticut was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.Christopher Baker, 43, was arrested at his Taffville home late Saturday night. He wasMore >
A registered sex offender in Connecticut was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 8:26 PM EDT2013-06-18 00:26:52 GMT
New Britain police are investigating a deadly overnight shooting. According to police, the shooting occurred around 11:45 p.m. Sunday near 15 Kelsey Street. When officers arrived on scene they foundMore >
A Meriden man was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in a residential neighborhood that left one man dead late Sunday night.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 12:05 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:05:01 GMT
Members of the Connecticut State Police Gang Unit arrested four men Friday and said they seized a combat shotgun with a 20-round drum, and a .22 caliber rifle.Police said the gang unit had been investigatingMore >
Members of the Connecticut State Police Gang Unit arrested four men Friday and said they seized a combat shotgun with a 20-round drum, and a .22 caliber rifle.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:38:25 GMT
Connecticut State Police said they're looking for a man who walked away from a halfway house in Brooklyn Sunday night.State police said Joseph Giles, 37, left the Brooklyn Bridge Halfway house around 7:30More >
Connecticut State Police said they're looking for a man who walked away from a halfway house in Brooklyn on Sunday night.More >
Thursday, June 13 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-06-14 00:10:10 GMT
An 82-year-old good Samaritan who has been giving free haircuts to the homeless for 25 years has been kicked out of a Hartford park by city health officials. Anthony Cymerys is known as "Joe the Barber."More >
A good Samaritan who gave haircuts to the homeless in Hartford was recently asked to stop after it was determined he was "not a licensed barber," according to the Connecticut Department of Health. However because of his generosity, local officials granted him special dispensation to continue his services.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 8:51 AM EDT2013-06-17 12:51:15 GMT
A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut has won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas. Erin Brady won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino last night after strutting in a white sparklyMore >
A 25-year-old Connecticut resident has won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:10:34 GMT
Route 10 in Simsbury is closed in both directions after a gas leak Monday afternoon.The leak occurred around the 300 to 400 block of Hopmeadow Street around 3:15 p.m. The cause of the leak remains underMore >
Route 10 in Simsbury was closed in both directions after a car crashed into a building and caused a gas leak Monday afternoon.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:24:23 GMT
Searchers have scaled back efforts to find a commercial photographer who went missing last week after telling his wife he was heading to Connecticut's Housatonic River to retrieve a lost bicycle. DennisMore >
A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for a well known wedding photographer from New Milford, who disappeared Tuesday around the river's Lake Lillinonah.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 5:43 PM EDT2013-06-17 21:43:35 GMT
Members of the New Haven Police Department announced that after a lengthy investigation, several arrests have been made in a string of robberies at Radio Shacks across the state.Police from eight townsMore >
Members of the New Haven Police Department announced that after a lengthy investigation, several arrests have been made in a string of robberies at Radio Shacks across the state.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 5:22 PM EDT2013-06-17 21:22:42 GMT
Search teams have pulled their boats along the Farmington River after a two day search for a 33-year-old woman.Rachel Greene disappeared around 2 a.m. Saturday morning when a raft she was riding on hitMore >
After more than 48 hours, search teams continued their search along the Farmington River in Collinsville after a 33-year-old woman went missing Saturday.More >