Hod Hasharon to test for radon gas

High levels of the gas could cause various health problems, including cancer.

The city of Hod Hasharon is planning to spend NIS 20,000 to check the levels of radon gas in the entire city's educational institutions, reports www.local.co.il. The Galit company, which is authorized by the Ministry for Environmental Protection to check radon levels, will carry out the tests at the city's 21 schools and 65 kindergartens. Deputy Mayor Yigal Shimon, who is also responsible for environmental quality in the city, said radon generally penetrated buildings through their foundations or ceilings, and high levels of the gas could cause various health problems, including cancer. He said that if unsafe concentrations of the gas were found in one of the city's schools or kindergartens, the building would be ventilated to enable the gas to disperse and treated with sealants to prevent more of the gas from entering.