Students and visitors may have noticed strange devices hanging from the ceilings throughout our school starting this week? What are these mystery devices? The answer is simple - and you can participate too!
Elk Island Public Schools is conducting testing of schools for radon gas. While we have no reason to believe that radon is a problem in our schools, the only way to know for sure is to be proactive and test. Radon is an odourless and colourless gas that is present in all buildings. The gas is released when uranium – naturally present in rock and soil – decays. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.
The testing program will be phased in over the next three to five years until all schools are tested. During November break, Facility Services staff installed radon detectors at Sherwood Heights. Detectors were placed in all rooms located on the lowest level of the building that are occupied for more than four hours per day.
The detectors are small black discs that will be hung from the ceiling in areas where they are least likely to be disturbed and left in place until spring 2019. During this time students should not disturb the detectors. School administrators will be provided with the results as they become available.
If you are interested in more information, please download the Frequently Asked Questions document which includes links to measuring radon in the home. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the school.