Read on to find out what radon is and why it might be putting the health of school-aged children in Indiana at risk.
Radon is considered a “radioactive gas [that] you can’t see, feel, taste or smell” [WebMD]. While it starts out in the ground as the heavy metal uranium, once it decays, it becomes radon and them “leaves the soil and becomes part of the air and water” around us. When we breathe in radon at low levels, it isn’t harmful to our health, however, when large amounts are present, that is when it puts us at risk of developing serious health issues.
When too much radon is inhaled, “it gets into the lining of your lungs and gives off radiation.” After inhaling large amounts and for a significant period of time, it can lead to a person developing lung cancer years down the road. If you weren’t aware, radon exposure is the “second biggest cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking,” says WebMD. Now, if you’re wondering why radon would be an issue is schools located across the state of Indiana as you would assume they would test for high levels of something that has the potential to be so harmful, the truth is most schools don’t. In fact, many haven’t tested their facilities for it within the last decade, according to Call 6.
The reason why the topic of radon testing has even come up is because “one-third of the counties in Indiana are expected to have areas where radon levels are higher than the EPA recommends” [Source: Indy Star]. That means the children, teachers, and other staff members who spend countless hours at these schools could be exposed to high levels of radon and not even know it.
Now, Call 6 did highlight that the federal EPA does recommend that schools in Indiana test for radon at least once every five years, but given that a large percentage haven’t done so for such a long period of time, it has prompted Senator Eric Bassler, R-Washington to file Senate Bill 632, which would require the Indiana State Department of Health to provide schools with a best practices manual for radon testing. Bassier said that he hopes the bill will “promote more awareness about radon among the local school corporations and give the information needed to check every five years,” or even three.
If Senate Bill 632 is passed, it would require the Indiana State Department of Health to “revise and distribute the manual to each school every three years.”
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