Radon Testing

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Protecting Your Family From Radon

Most people may not be aware or recognize the word RADON, but it is a health hazard with a simple solution – testing. Basically, radon is a natural occurring radioacting gas that can cause cancer in humans. You can’t see or smell it. Radon testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality. Actually, this silent killer has a large family since it can arrive in various ways like rocks, soil and building materials where gas is used and transported into the air you breathe. However, the big question about this possible killer is how do you know if you have a problem and what can you do to solve the situation.

There are many ways to know and reduce levels in your home, business or even the school kids attend. Yes, folks, your schools. Recently, high levels have been found in a number of schools in America. The fact is that the EPA estimates that almost one in every five schools has at least one room with dangerous levels. The only way to determine if the problem exist in your home or schools is to have a test. And it you are a teacher or parent reading this “not-so-good” news don’t panic. The problem can be easily solved.

Radon testing, as mentioned earlier, is simple and relatively inexpensive and you can get an information booklet by contacting any local office. The basic elements of radon testing in schools or your home are:
* Test all frequently used rooms on and below ground level
* Tests should be conducted in the cooler months of the year
* Follow the testing strategy in your booklet

Special Note: It is usually wise to have all tests, including abatement and mitigation, done by a professional who does this for a living. Why this testing is important is that the EPA ranks this as one of the most serious environmental health problems facing us today. Actually, after smoking, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country causing over twenty-one thousand lung cancer deaths a year, That number of cancer deaths alone should get you off the chair and make some inquiries about this killer.