Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that’s present in many areas of the country. It’s naturally-occurring and will disperse on its own in the outdoors, but this radioactive substance is highly detrimental to health when it’s trapped indoors. Prolonged exposure is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, and it’s especially dangerous for young children. Homes are commonly tested for this hazardous gas, but it’s just as crucial to evaluate schools for radon. Has your school been tested by a radon expert? Here’s why testing is recommended for every school:
Consistent Exposure Increases Cancer Risk
Radon is a known carcinogen and daily exposure is a risk factor that’s not worth taking, especially when it comes to our children. According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and approximately 21,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer annually. Children and teachers spend much of their day inside the walls of school buildings, and it’s impossible to tell if the building contains unsafe levels without testing.
Radon Can Occur Anywhere
High concentrations of radon often occur in unpredictable pockets. Even if a nearby building has received the all-clear, this doesn’t mean that your school is free from harm’s way. To ensure that your school is as safe as possible, consider investing in professional radon testing. Evaluating a large structure is a significant undertaking that will require professional assistance, so be sure to avoid DIY testing kits. Regardless of the results of the evaluation, it’s important to re-test every two to five years to be sure that your students aren’t exposed to hazardous levels of this life-threatening carcinogen.
Children Are Highly Susceptible to Radon
Although concentrations of radon above 4 pCi/L are harmful to individuals of all ages, children are most at risk of negative effects from radon exposure. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the effects of radon are amplified in children due to their smaller lung capacity and higher minute ventilation. With this information in mind, school administrators should take action to ensure that their students aren’t subjected to dangerous levels of radon.
Cancer-causing radon should be the last concern on parents and administrators’ minds. If you’d like to keep your students as safe as possible, you’ll need the help of a radon expert to determine your building’s levels. Our team at Radon Gone is here to provide peace of mind and deliver a mitigation plan if we discover harmful concentrations. We serve the Front Range area, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment for testing or mitigation services, please reach out to us.