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Radon Testing in Schools

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently published a fact sheet about radon in schools that provides a basic foundation of what radon is, why testing in schools is important, and how to get started.

The fact sheet includes research and information about how radon may accumulate in buildings, and how it is a leading cause of lung cancer. While radon is less likely to cause cancer in childhood, repairing high radon levels can be preventative. Extended exposure to radon put staff working in buildings with high radon levels for long periods at a higher risk.

DHS recommends that schools test their radon levels every five years. The fact sheet outlines when and how schools can test radon levels, some methods for fixing any problems, and where to go for support.

For more information, consult the DHS “Radon Testing in Wisconsin Schools: What you need to know” fact sheet.