Archive for February, 2013
Why Radon Mitigation in Schools in Columbia, MD is Needed
Columbia, MD residents probably already know of the dangers of radon gas, but many are not aware that a vast number of public schools are also receiving the same negative effects of radon gas. When you hear radon gas, most often we associate cancer, and the action that SHOULD have already been taken to prevent any physical harm. Unfortunately for many schools in Columbia, MD, no action has been taken for public schools. This means that many students, teachers, and principals all go throughout their days breathing in this harmful gas.
Radon mitigation in schools can dramatically reduce the number of lung cancer cases that occur. Did you know that if radon gas did not exist, there should be a decrease in lung cancer cases by 15%? More than one out of seven lung cancer cases are currently attributed to radon, which is saddening when you know that cancer from radon is avoidable with radon mitigation in schools.
Danger without Radon Mitigation in Schools in Columbia
Over 20,000 people die each year because of radon gas, which means that we need to do something to stop this. While Columbia residents may take the necessary action needed on their own homes, we still need to do something about the large number of schools which have radon gas. One out of five schools have high levels of radon gas, which equals about 70,000 schools being affected. If we want to make sure that next generations are not diagnosed with lung cancer when it otherwise would have been avoided, we need radon mitigation in schools.
Radon gas forms in the soil from uranium breaking down. Essentially, if you know your soil has uranium, radon gas is sure to follow. Radon may also enter schools and buildings through the water supply, and in rare cases enters through the materials used to build the building. Regardless of the entryway, we need to ensure that all of the radon gas is gone by implementing radon mitigation in schools.
A bill will hopefully be passed that will provide grant funding for all schools to test for radon. Schools that have high levels according to tests will receive extra grant funding to accommodate radon mitigation in schools. While this bill is only be proposed as of now, with your help, we can make sure it passes.
Write a member of congress, and let them know the importance of radon mitigation in schools. When politicians realize all of the health concerns, and large number of deaths associated with radon gas, we can only assume that action will be taken. Every year radon gas kills more people than drunk driving. Take action against one of the most deadly substances, and write a local politician to tell them you support radon mitigation in schools. With your help we can save the lives of millions of children.
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