Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and if you smoke your chances of having lung cancer quadruples if there is radon in your home.
Every Home has radon, you should to test to determine if your home has a level where the EPA or World Health Organization indicate remediation is required 4.0 EPA & 2.7 WHO
In 2005, The U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona warned the American public about the risks of breathing indoor radon by issuing a national health advisory. The advisory is meant to urge Americans to prevent this silent radioactive gas from seeping into their homes and building up to dangerous levels. Dr. Carmona issued the advisory during a two-day Surgeon General’s Workshop on Healthy Indoor Environment.
“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the county,” Dr. Carmona said. “It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”
Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, with no immediate health symptoms, that comes from the breakdown of uranium inside the earth. Simple test kits can reveal the amount of radon in any building. Those with high levels can be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, one in every 15 homes nationwide have a high radon level at or above the recommended radon action level of 4 pico Curies (pCi/L) per liter of air.
National Health Advisory on Radon
Radon gas in the indoor air of America’s homes poses a serious health risk. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year. Millions of homes have an elevated radon level. If you also smoke, your risk of lung cancer is much higher. Test your home for radon every two years, and retest any time you move, make structural changes to your home, or occupy a previously unused level of a house. If you have a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more, take steps to remedy the problem as soon as possible.
“Americans need to know about the risks of indoor radon and have the information and tools they need to take action. That’s why EPA is actively promoting the Surgeon General’s advice urging all Americans to get their homes tested for radon. If families do find elevated levels in their homes, they can take inexpensive steps that will reduce exposure to this risk,” said Jeffrey R. Holmstead, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”Based on national averages, we can expect that many of the homes owned or financed by federal government programs would have potentially elevated radon levels. The federal government has an opportunity to lead by example on this public health risk. We can accomplish this by using the outreach and awareness avenues we have, such as EPA’s Web site, to share information and encourage action on radon to reduce risks,” said Edwin Pinero, Federal Environmental Executive, Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE).
Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s – Could the Cause be Radon?
In a study conducted at the University of North Dakota, researchers discovered that the presence of radioactive radon daughters in the brains of non-smoking persons with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease was 10 times greater than it was in the brains of persons with no previous evidence of neurological disorders
Lung Cancer Claims Life of “Superman’s” Widow
Dana Reeve died in New York at the age of 44 from lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in August. Reeve was a non-smoker. While it’s not clear what caused her to get the disease, the American Lung Association says smoking or second-hand smoke is responsible for 87% of all lung cancer deaths in the U.S.
Other causes include Radon, on-the-job carcinogens like asbestos exposure, and air pollution.
It is estimated, lung cancer will kill 68,000 women in the U.S. this year alone.
In 2003, El Paso County had 302 people die from lung cancer. Lung cancer rates for the county are lower than the state, and Colorado’s lung cancer rates are lower than the national average, according to the El Paso County Health Department.
Little Things Buyers Don’t Ask For in their purchase contract, But Should
In today’s marketplace, ask for a home inspection, radon test, home warranty, and closing costs.
Until housing inventory begins to shrink and houses start selling for more than asking price, buyers should take advantage of the current market and negotiate more from the seller. The buyers get what they want — assistance getting into the house. The sellers get what they want — their house sold.
Certified Home Inspectors is proud to have the latest electronic radon testing equipment Radilink Corporation. The AirCat model was released just last year, and has the latest continuous radon monitor technology available today. Unlike the charcoal test kits sold in hardware stores, the Radilink equipment is accurate, and measures radon over a 48 (or more) hour period giving you readings every hour to enable the radon scientists (AARST) to analyze trends of exposure in your home. It is recommend having testing at the time of the home inspection and every two years thereafter.The test is inexpensive, mitigation is inexpensive but the consequences of ignoring the problem can be deadly !