Across the country, thousands of classrooms are threatened by radon, a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that has been shown to cause lung cancer. Yet, most schools have not tested for radon and have no plan to do so. Do you know if your child is safe from radon at school?
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and causes over 21,000 deaths annually according to the EPA.
Currently, there are very few laws in place requiring schools to test for radon. Connecticut, Florida, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Colorado have laws in place to require school testing.
The cancer risk from radon is a well-understood phenomenon, yet most schools have not performed testing. Budget constraints in recent years have lowered the priority of radon testing even more. Many schools administrators are very hesitant to test, worried that a high test result will only cause a headache for the school.
Call your school administrators and state representatives to demand that your child’s school be tested for radon today! Radon testing is a simple and inexpensive process; let your school administrators know that your child’s safety should always been the number one concern.
Huffington Post has done a recent investigative report on radon in schools, which you can view here.