Across the country – and the world – radon testing in childcare facilities is on the rise. In Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, and Rhode Island it’s already mandatory for childcare centers to test for radon. And, just this past year the State of Illinois was added to the list. In order to renew or apply for a license, a provider must show proof that they have tested within the last three years.
While the EPA already recommends that ALL schools and childcare facilities are tested for radon, it’s not a law in most states – including Indiana. We firmly believe that it’s only a matter of time. Think about it, most people – particularly children – spend the majority of their time in their home – making it the most significant source of radon exposure. But, where is the second largest amount of time spent? At school or in a childcare facility, right?
Because Radon Systems of Indiana’s mission is to test, fix, and safe a life, we are proud to announce a new program to test Tri-State area childcare centers for radon called “Radon Safe Zone”. Radon Safe Zone offers free radon testing and discounted mitigation services, if necessary, to any licensed daycare provider in the Tri-State. Newburgh Child Development (NCD) was the first facility enrolled in this important program and we are proud to announce that they are indeed Radon Safe!
The program is simple. Daycare facilities contact Radon Systems of Indiana and set up an on-site meeting with RSI owner, Joe Neth. At this introduction meeting, Joe will place a radon test kit in the facility. After 48 hours, Joe will pick the test kit up and send it to a third-party lab. Once the results are in, one of two things will happen. Either the facility will be declared a Radon Safe Zone and the owner will be given a certificate to display and a letter to send home to its students’ parents; or RSI will perform radon mitigation services at a discounted rate to ensure that it becomes a Radon Safe Zone. Either way, the air is tested and declared – or made – safe for the children who learn, play, and thrive there.
We are excited about the Radon Safe Zone program and hope that you are too. This is an opportunity to ensure that the children of our region are protected from radon from the earliest age. Please spread the word to your children’s – or your friend’s children’s – childcare provider. Remember, it’s with your help that RSI is able to test, fix, and save a life.