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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Beware of Radon

January is National Radon Action  month. The Environmental Protection agency is asking homeowners to "save a life" by testing for radon and making any needed repairs.

Radon---- radioactive gas that can cause cancer. Radon can not be seen, smelled or tasted. It may be present in your home and you may not be aware of it. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon can cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year only smoking causes more.

Radon is everywhere the biggest myth is that you live in an area that radon is not present. Other myths include:

  • myth--- radon is not a problem                                                                          The CDC and Prevention, the American Lung Association and American Medical Association estimate that radon can cause thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths each year. 
  • Myth--- Radon testing is difficult, time consuming and expensive                  Radon testing is easy A self test or a professional radon test company can perform the test that only takes a small amount of time and effort. 
  • Myth--- if a home has a radon problem it can not be fixed                                This is not true thousands of homeowners have been able to fix radon problems in their homes with similar amounts to fixing other home repairs. 
  • Myth--- Radon affects only certain kinds of homes                                           Old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements and homes without basements. It makes no difference what does make a difference is how the house was built, materials that were used, location of where in geology the house is area all factors in having radon in home
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