Archive for January, 2012
EPA Sponsors National Radon Action Month
You probably already know that smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer in the United States and around the world, but did you know that radon gas is the second leading culprit? The Environmental Protection Agency wants to make sure all Lexington area residents understand the dangers of radon, and that is why they are declaring January to be National Radon Action Month.
That declaration by the EPA provides Lexington area homeowners with the perfect chance to get their homes tested for this dangerous carcinogen. One of the things that makes radon gas so dangerous is the fact that it is both invisible and tasteless. You cannot see or smell radon in the air, so it could be present in your Lexington without your even knowing it. The only way to know for sure is to have your home tested by a licensed and certified contractor.
Radon is Responsible for 100,00 Deaths a Year
As the EPA points out, the problems associated with radon gas are widespread, and they are very serious. The World Health Organization has stated that exposure to radon gas is responsible for 100,000 lung cancer deaths every year, with 20,000 deaths in the United States alone. Those statistics mean that radon exposure is responsible for some 15 percent of lung cancer cases every year, which is certainly cause for concern.
Lexington area homeowners are certainly not immune from radon problems, and in fact many area homeowners have already found high levels of this radioactive gas permeating their homes. Radon gas can enter homes in the Lexington area through even the smallest of cracks in the basement walls or foundation. Since radon is present in the soil, that gas can seep into the home and pollute the air you and your family breathe, building up to dangerous levels as time goes by.
That means that the longer you wait to have your Lexington area home tested the greater the danger can be. If you even suspect you might have a radon problem, you should have your Lexington area home tested as soon as you can. Every day you delay could put your family at greater risk.
Radon Action Month is the Best Time to Test for Radon
Since January is National Radon Action Month, there is no reason to delay the testing any longer. If you find that your Lexington area home does not have a radon problem, you do not have to do anything else. But if you do find high levels of radon in your home, you will have received an important early warning.
During the month of January, SWAT Environmental will be celebrating National Radon Action Month by providing Lexington area homeowners with special discounts and incentives designed to make their homes safe and protect their families. As the largest radon mitigator in the country, SWAT Environmental has the experience Lexington area homeowners need to deal effectively with a radon problem. SWAT Environmental has the largest network of certified technicians in the industry, making it easy for Lexington area homeowners to get relief from their radon problems.
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