Stadium light recall affects South Plains schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/7/10

Stadium light recall affects South Plains schools

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of more than 2,500 stadium lights that consumers need to stop using immediately until they are inspected and repaired. This recall has some area schools concerned for the safety of their students and the fans that attend outdoor events.

The poles were manufactured by Whitco Company LP and sold by lighting contractors from 2000-2005. Over 2,500 poles are affected by the recall. So far there have been 11 incidents with these poles falling over onto school gymnasiums, game fields, and bleachers.

There are four schools in the area with poles on the recall list; Frenship, Texas Tech, Wayland Baptist, and Lamesa High School. Frenship ISD's Director of Public Information, Andy Penney, told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that the school received the same recall e-mail from the CPSC and they're addressing the issue. The recall at Texas Tech is for Whitco light poles near the physical plant.

Penney says that the poles are going to be tested, and fixed if necessary. "Obviously we're being proactive on that. Fortunately it's just on our baseball complex so we'll certainly be cautious on that so we can take all the necessary precautions for safety because that's number one to us," he said.

Wayland Baptist University Athletic Director Greg Faris told us that the baseball stadium lights were the only poles that were part of the recall. "At this point in time we don't have anything scheduled and we would certainly look very closely at scheduling anything there until we actually had the poles inspected," Faris told KCBD NewsChannel 11.

Perhaps more disturbing is the situation in Lamesa. KCBD NewsChannel 11 talked to their Superintendent Scott Davis, and our phone call was the first that he had heard of the recall. The light pole installation date on the recall list coincides with the dates Lamesa installed their new football stadium lights.

Davis says he thinks those may be the poles. He told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that they're looking into the situation immediately. If the football lights are affected, Davis says they'll be inspected, tested, and repaired if necessary.

For additional information, please contact CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 anytime or send an e-mail to info@cpsc.gov

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