Improved Awareness of Radon Testing in Schools is Needed

By NASN Profile posted 12-11-2019 15:37

Julia Muennich Cowell, editor of The Journal of School Nursing, and author Stephanie Foster discuss the article, "Radon Testing Status in Schools by Radon Zone and School Location and Demographic Characteristics: United States, 2014".

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Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive, colorless, odorless gas, and the second leading cause of lung cancer. The 1990–1991 National School Radon Survey estimated that more than 70,000 schoolrooms nationwide had “high short-term radon levels.” Using data from a nationally representative survey of schools in the United States (N = 568; response rate = 69%), we examined the location and demographic characteristics of U.S. schools that had ever been tested for radon and whether having been tested varied by radon zone, which predicts average indoor radon levels in U.S. counties. Overall, 46.0% (95% confidence interval [39.8%, 52.4%]) of schools reported that they had ever been tested for radon. Testing significantly varied by region, percentage of minority students, and radon zone. These findings highlight the need for improved awareness of radon testing in schools, as testing is the only way to identify when remediation is needed.