Radon testing and why you should do it.
20,000 people die each year because the home they live in has high levels of radon. The EPA’s action level is 4.0 pCi/L or more (thats about the same as smoking 1/2 pack of cigarettes a day). The EPA has a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) concerning radon. U.S. Surgeon General’s warning indicates radon causes lung cancer and that you should test your home.
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that forms during the radioactive decay of uranium in the ground. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, smoking being the first. With all the information about CO (carbon monoxide) widely available it only kills approx. 300 people /year. Thats a big disparity of awareness. The information is available for everyone to read, but until 2 and 2 are put together, like with smoking, people will continue to die
Radon testing came about in the early 1980’s. An engineer in NY working at a nuclear power plant kept setting off radiation alarms when he came into work. His home was tested and found to have over 2,700 picocuries of radon. His home was mitigated using piping and fans to draw the radon to the outside of the home. Mitigation of this type often costs around $1000 but can much be more.
Radon testing costs between $120 and $150 but has the potential (like a home inspection) of saving thousands. Not to mention the health risks.
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