After explosion, city completes inspections on school boilers
The City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia released a report earlier today that detailed recent inspections of school boilers. A result after a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded earlier this year.
City agencies and officials worked together on the test and inspection of 542 boilers located in 268 school buildings. The boiler inspections and testing of burner operations began on 12 gas-fired boilers similar to the one at Edmonds.
“I thank all parties involved for working together effectively to make this public safety issue a priority,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a press release. “The safety of students and school personnel is of paramount importance and I look forward to a status update when all necessary repairs are complete.”
Earlier this year and just last month, inspections on boilers continued. Of the total 596 boilers that are located in School District buildings, 542 were tested and inspected, with 98 percent passing with either no repairs or minor repairs needed.
"This re-inspection process has allowed us to reassure our staff, families and students regarding the safety of our boilers and provided the opportunity to bring more resources into our maintenance program,” School District Superintendent William Hite said.