Radon in Your Child’s School and What to Do About It
Radon, a Class A carcinogen derived from the natural breakdown of uranium in rock and soil, becomes a danger to one’s health when it builds up in homes, buildings, schools and is breathed in over extended periods of time. Children, educators and support staff are typically in schools from 7am or earlier through to the evening. Many children are enrolled into an aftercare program and can be in an affected school for 10-12 hours per day.
The EPA has set guidelines for managing radon in schools with the hopes ALL schools will be tested, fixed if necessary and on a schedule for future testings to ensure your child is safe in their learning environment. The question arises as to what if the school administrators are hesitant or closed minded to testing for this insidious health threat?
Radon awareness is everything because there are so many people who do not know about the dangers of long term exposure to elevated levels of radon. Approximately 21,000 deaths per year in the United States is attributed to lung cancer from radon exposure.
Talk to your neighbors, talk to the officials in your child’s school, talk to your mayor, to your school’s staff and educators. Bring in a certified radon professional to offer information and discuss the hazards associated with radon. They can review the proper procedure for testing, the time frame involved and how to correct the situation if radon levels are elevated.
The only way to know if radon is an issue in your child’s school is to test and the procedure is a simple one. Be proactive! If your child’s school hasn’t been tested yet, now is the time. Motivate, organize and get it done!
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Radon KILLS…Have You Tested Your Home Yet?
Radon, a Class A carcinogen and radioactive gas derived from the natural breakdown of uranium in rock and soil has been proven to cause lung cancer plus there is concern for other organs in the human body to be effected as well. Radon KILLS one person every 25 minutes.
Have You Tested Your Home Yet? A simple test can determine if you are living with elevated radon levels and any home can be fixed to reduce radon concentrations to a safe level.
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Where Does Radon Come From?
Radon, the natural breakdown of uranium in rock and soil, is a radioactive Class A carcinogen proven to cause lung cancer as a result of it’s decay products. When radon breaks down or decays, they emit alpha particles. In addition, radon has a relatively short half life of 3.8 days. Radon gas can move through the soil quickly and hence into one’s home and breathing space. Radon is inert however it is when radon breaks down into radon decay products that presents the greatest human health risk. If radon concentrations are elevated in a home, the amount of radon inhaled is also elevated. If radon is not exhaled before the 3.8 day half life expires, radon will start the decay process in the lungs releasing it’s radioactivity.
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Source: US EPA/US Geological Survey
Radon Testing and Quality Control
Radon, a Class A carcinogen, has been proven to cause lung cancer when exposed to elevated levels over a prolonged period of time. The only way to know if levels are elevated is to test using an EPA approved test device. The devices used for a short term test is typically some type of passive charcoal canister or active Continuous Radon Monitor. How do you know if the devices used to test for radon are accurate?
Professional radon measurement providers are required to have a QAP (quality assurance plan) in place to monitor accuracy. This includes use of Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) accuracy and charcoal canisters. . This Quality Control cross check should be done after every 10 radon tests are performed. The cross check can be done with 2 CRM’s or it can be done with one CRM and a passive charcoal canister.
Since the lab performs the analysis for charcoal canisters, the lab will have their own quality control process for checking batches of canisters prior to release for use. A professional can also cross check a batch of canisters with a CRM.
Professional radon measurement providers are required to have their CRM’s calibrated annually. Pros also go through a recertification process every two years by sending their CRM to a radioactive chamber followed by analyzing the results. Pros also have continuing education requirements to meet updated standards.
Testing your home for radon gas can be done by a professional or by purchasing an approved EPA home kit. Make sure to follow all directions carefully when testing on your own and check the test kits expiration date. If any questions arise, reach out to a pro…your health and your family’s health depends on it.
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