Press release radon awareness week october 17 24, 2011 all homes should be tested for radon gas
The week of October 17th – 24th will be American Radon Testing Week in 2011 according to the Surgeon General of The United States. This week of awareness was prompted by the Federal Radon Action Plan that was launched earlier this year. The U.S. government’s goal of this new initiative is to reduce the occurrences of lung cancer to the American public through awareness, radon testing, and radon mitigation. Learn more by calling 1-800-SOS-RADON or visit: http://RadonWeek.WordPress.com
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Radon Awareness Week Press ReleaseThe National Cancer Institute and American Lung Association Urge Radon Testing DuringNational Radon Action Week: October 17-24, 2011.The week of October 17th – 24th will be American Radon Testing Week in 2011 according to the SurgeonGeneral of The United States. This week of awareness was prompted by the Federal Radon Action Planthat was launched earlier this year. The U.S. government’s goal of this new initiative is to reduce theoccurrences of lung cancer to the American public through awareness, radon testing, and radonmitigation. Recently, radon gas was named as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and thesecond leading cause overall.When a person hears about threats to their safety and family, they normally do not associate the home or aschool as a place of danger. Homes, schools, businesses and virtually any type of building or structurethroughout the United States have a common threat to the safety of its occupants; the culprit is radon.Hearing about this may cause increased anxiety in some people, so what is radon? The simplest answerthat can be provided is that radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, heavy gas that is a result of a verynatural form of radioactive decay which occurs in the earth’s crust. This tasteless and odorless gas canaccumulate in spaces such as holes, caves, homes and anywhere the air flow is restricted. In somecircumstances radon can be found in underground water wells due the proximity of decaying radioactiveminerals such as naturally occurring uranium.Radon is considered a chemically stable but dangerous gas because it is becoming a leading cause of lungcancer in humans who have constant contact with this poisonous gas in their homes where the majority ofpeople congregate for long periods of time. Schools and work environments also fit into the samecategory as a home because they also fill with radon gases, sometimes in high quantities.There are precautions that can be taken to protect family and people from radon exposure. One of thefirst steps a person can take to protect from exposure is to test the home or workplace for the presence ofthe gas. Detection kits can be easily obtained and will provide you a quick analysis of the presence ofradon. Once it has been determined that the gas is present in quantities to be harmful, steps can be takenreverse the problem.Repairing of the home or workplace by sealing cracks in the foundation, walls, doors and windows aresome of the steps that can be used to slow or stop radon from entering. Radon gas can slowly seep intothe home through those cracks and collect in the closed air pockets of a home. Another form of preventivecare is to install a proper ventilation system that will help evacuate the harmful gas from the enclosedarea. Once preventive steps are taken and repairs or upgrades installed, the radon levels in your home orwork area should dramatically decrease and in most cases can be completely eliminated. It is advisable tocontact a qualified radon repair technician who will ensure the work is completed properly and safely.Prior to buying or selling a home, identify the area that the prospective home is located and determine if itis situated near a known hot-spot. If it is determined that the home is located within or near a hot-zone,steps can be immediately taken to mitigate any further risk to one’s health through preventive radonprotective measures. However, radon problems have been found in every county in the United States, sothe Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization are jointly asking all Americans totest for the deadly gas the week of October 17th-24th, which is National Radon Testing Week in the U.S.You can learn more at http://RadonWeek.org or by calling the National Radon Hotline at 1-800-SOS-RADON.