Pristine Inspections & Testing offers much more beyond home inspecting services, including radon testing for daycare centers in Champaign, Illinois. National studies show that radon exposure is a strong link to lung cancer. While there is no scientific evidence young kids are at a higher risk from radon than adults, the risk estimates are based on exposure over a lifetime. Most lung cancer cases occur after age 60. Radon does not appear to be linked to any other diseases, such as asthma.
When considering the risk to children, keep in mind children spend more than 75 percent of their time at home, during the year. While it is important to test centers for radon, it is even more important to test your home and mitigate if there are high levels of radon.
How Will Pristine Home Inspections Test for Radon?
The Illinois Emergency Management Association (IEMA) requires that all frequently occupied rooms (such as classrooms and offices) that are in contact with the ground, or are directly above unoccupied areas of the basement, should be tested. A Professional licensed by IEMA for large buildings and schools must do the testing. Testing consists of placing a test device in each room, exposing it for several days, and then returning it to a lab for measuring.
Radon Testing Laws for Child Care Centers
• Effective January 1, 2013, licensed day care centers, licensed day care homes, and licensed group day care homes shall have the facility tested for radon at least once every 3 years.
• Effective January 1, 2014, as part of an initial application or renewal application of a license for day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) shall require proof the facility has been tested within the last 3 years for radon according to rules established by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
• The report of the most current radon measurement shall be posted in the facility next to the license issued by the Department. Copies of the report shall be provided to parents or guardians upon request.
• Included with the report shall be the following statement: ◦“Every parent or guardian is notified that this facility has performed radon measurements to ensure the health and safety of the occupants. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) recommends that all residential homes be tested and that corrective actions be taken at levels equal to or greater than 4.0 pCi/L. Radon is a Class A human carcinogen, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. For additional information about this facility contact the licensee and for additional information regarding radon contact the IEMA Radon Program at 800-325-1245 or on the Internet at www.radon.illinois.gov.”
To learn more about daycare radon testing services, contact Pristine Inspections & Testing today.