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REALIZING RADON AND ITS RISKS

As the month comes to a close, did you know January is recognized as Radon Action Month? You may even ask yourself what is radon? Radon is the colorless, odorless, tasteless, highly toxic noble gas, occurring naturally as a breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water.

As part of Radon Action Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages Americans around the country to test their homes for the radioactive gas, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

In 1988, Congress passed Radon Act 51. This act was created to establish a target base for indoor Radon levels, which the base level is 4 pCi/L (pCi/L = picocurie per liter). Unfortunately, two-thirds of all homes exceed this level.  

“Testing your home for Radon is one of the easiest ways to help keep your family safe and healthy,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Radon exposure is preventable. Test kits are inexpensive and readily available.  Reducing exposure protects families, saves lives and avoids the health care costs of radon-caused lung cancer. Everyone who takes action helps to make America’s homes and schools safer for future generations.”

Testing for your home for Radon is an easy and important step in protecting the health of your family. Radon exposure is preventable as test kits are inexpensive and readily available. They may be purchased at most home improvement and hardware stores ranging from $10 to $30. Taking action to reduce your exposure to Radon is a long-term investment in your health and your home.

For those homes testing above 4 pCi/L, EPA recommends corrective measures be taken to reduce your exposure to the toxic gas. One step in correcting the exposure means contacting a qualified Radon mitigation contractor. A professional can install a Radon reduction system, using vent pipes and exhaust fans that will remove the Radon beneath your home and release it outside. A working mitigation system is a positive selling point for homes on the market. If building a new home, engineers recommend installing a sub-slab ventilation system.

In essence, all homes – old, new, slab or stone foundation are at risk, even if they do not include a basement. Radon in the home is a real, true threat.

To learn more regarding the hazards from Radon, review a publication on our website at http://criterium-peters.com/

The information provided on Radon can be found at http://www.epa.gov/radon.