Cinnaminson, NJ, April 20th
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), high radon levels have been found in several schools across the country. In fact, a nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimated that nearly one in five have at least one school room with a short-term radon level above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) - the level at which the EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level of radon in the occupied space. The EPA estimated that more than 70,000 school rooms in use today have high short-term radon levels.
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas from the natural breakdown of uranium and thorium in soil, rock, and water. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and can get into schools or other buildings through cracks and holes in the foundation. Radon can seep into a building when the building's air pressure is lower than the soil pressure under the foundation. With this difference in pressure, the building acts like a vacuum, drawing radon inside. Radon can even enter a building through well water and off-gas into the air.
“Radon can be found all across North America, so many schools and buildings can be at risk," said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The EPA ranks indoor radon among the most serious environmental health hazards facing us today. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, so the only way to know if elevated radon levels are present is to test for it. Fortunately, testing a school, home or building is affordable, and if elevated levels are found, some steps can be taken to mitigate radon exposure risks.”
Providing radon testing services in the United States and Canada are the scientists at EMSL Analytical, Inc. They offer comprehensive radon testing services and user-friendly test kits for radon in air and water samples. EMSL has also sponsored an educational video regarding radon to help raise awareness of radon issues in schools that can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/YLEQ9YBLQK0
To learn more about radon or other indoor environmental quality (IEQ), building science, health, and safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
. To access radon or other IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella
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