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Florida Radon Data for Foster Care Facilities Online

by Margaret Henderson

Mandatory testing for radon concentrations in foster care homes is required by Florida statues. The intent of the requirements is to provide the best available information to the guardians and decision makers of the clients of the foster care homes so that they may decide upon the health and care of those clients with respect to radon exposure. One in five residential homes (all types of homes, not just foster homes) in Florida has an elevated radon level. See http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/_documents/fl-radon-map.pdf

The testing requirements are based on the type of building, in which county it is located, and whether or not radon resistant new construction has been recommended for that locale and type of building (per the Department of Business and Professional Regulation). Radon testing for foster homes is required to be performed and updated at five-year intervals. Additional requirements of the law are specified on the website of Florida Health at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/mandatory-testing.html

Florida Health presents the data collected on radon testing throughout the state. In particular, results for testing in foster care facilities may be selected based on county and city. For instance, data for Miami, Miami County, Florida foster care facilities, updated as of July 27, 2018, shows 48 results, with the maximum radon level of 4 pCi/L and the average being 0.86 pCi/L. Data queries may be made through http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/radon-menu.html.

For more information, contact:

Mailing Address
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health, Radon Program
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1720