NJ Schools to Get Mold Inspections


Senator Ronald Rice has introduced legislation that would require all New Jersey schools to have annual mold inspections. 

“Schools should be safe places for children to learn and thrive and as a state we must take the action necessary to make sure students are protected from potential health hazards,” said Senator Rice (D-Essex). “We recently discovered there were elevated lead levels in schools in Newark and elsewhere in New Jersey and, as a result, worked to ensure that lead testing would take place in all of our schools.”

Children Are Ultra Susceptible to Mold Health Hazards

Senator Rice took the initiative after schools in Newark and elsewhere were found to have high mold levels. Children get hit the hardest by the effects of mold, and being in an enclosed environment for 7-plus hours per day, 5 days a week, for 9 months out of the year can accelerate a host of health problems, including:

  • Worsening of asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Allergy like symptoms
  • Respiratory problems
  • Eye irritations
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

Mold has even been linked to fatal outcomes in some severe cases. 

Protect Your Children at Home, and At School

If you’re worried that your children are being exposed to mold at school in NJ, PA, or DE, write to school administrators and ask for testing results. If no tests have been done, request that they are performed asap. 

You can keep your children safe in your home by getting rid of mold in your basement, crawl space, or attic

Basement Mold Infects the Whole House 

Mold and mold waste products circulate from the air in your basement into the air of your home. If you have an air conditioning or heating system, then you’re home is being fed infected air through your ducts. 

Some studies show that up to 60% of the air in your house as circulated through your basement. 

Keeping mold out of your cellar is key. 

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