Created: 01/18/2013 12:10 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District will be getting radon detectors this winter as part of a new safety measure.
The district says radon detectors will be installed in all classrooms and areas below ground or at ground level.
According to the Ramsey County officials, radon causes thousands of deaths each year and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. It’s a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas.
Radon, which is invisible, can get into buildings through cracks in the foundation, floor drains, sumps, and other openings between the building and ground.
School districts are encouraged by the Department of Education and the Department of Health to test for radon every five years. The last test in Anoka-Hennepin was done in 2007, according to the school district.
The radon detectors will be collected and analyzed in the spring.