Why Test for Radon in Schools?
A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that nearly one in five has at least one schoolroom with a short-term radon level above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) – the level at which EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level. EPA estimates that more than 70,000 schoolrooms in use today have high short-term radon levels.
The only way to determine if a problem exists is to test for it.
School is not the only place that students and teachers can be exposed to radon. Since children spend more time at home, high radon levels there can pose a much greater threat to their health.
Once again, testing is simple and inexpensive. After all, radon is one health problem nobody should have to live with – at home or at school.
Does your state require school or daycare testing?
- The Policy Surveillance Program (A Law Atlas Project from Temple University) is an excellent resource on radon law throughout the United States.
- Find it here: http://lawatlas.org/datasets/state-radon-laws.
- Select Yes under does your state require testing. Then select either Yes under Schools or Yes under Daycares to see if you state requires testing in these buildings.
- More information on the PolicySurveillance Program for radon law can be found in this pdf