It's January and that means it's National Radon Action Month. It's time for you to learn how to test, it could even save a life.
But what is radon? Radon in a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell it, but it can be a serious problem in your home! This harmful material is the cause of thousands of deaths each and every year. As a matter of fact, it's the second leading cause of lung cancer in the Unites States, according to the Surgeon General.
Our Rock Hill personal injury attorneys understand that radon comes from the breakdown of uranium in water, rock and soil and can get into the air that you breathe. It can be found is all sorts of buildings, like schools, community centers and residential homes. Home is where exposure is most likely -- and is also where you spend most of your time.
Testing is the only way that you and your family are going to know if you're at any risks. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, all homes that are below the third floor should be tested! Testing in our area's schools is also beneficial.
Don't worry. Testing isn't expensive and it's not difficult. It only takes a few minutes, too! Some of the most common short-term testing methods stay in your home for 90 days. They can be either "charcoal liquid scintillation," "continuous monitors," "electret ion chamber," "alpha track," and "charcoal canister" detectors. Although these short-term tests can be effective, you're still urged to use long-term testing methods as the levels of radon can change over time.
Long-term tests stay in your home or tested area for more than 90 days. These tests can include "electret" and "alpha" detectors.
Okay. So you've detected the radon -- can you fix the problem?
Yes! Luckily, these removal processes are not too costly either. Some of these methods can even rid your home of radon by up to 99 percent!
How Radon Gets Into Your Home:
-Through the water supply.
-In through cavities inside the walls.
-Through gaps around service pipes.
-Through gaps in floors that are suspended.
-Leaks in through cracks in your walls.
-Through construction joints.
-In through cracks that can be found in solid floors.
Think it won't happen to your home? As a matter of fact, radon is expected to be a factor in 1 out of every 15 homes here in the U.S. Elevated levels have been found in every state in the country. For more information about radon in your area, you're urged to contact our state radon office.
Test your home today and talk with your loved ones about the risks associated. One of the best ways to fight these dangers is to raise awareness. Talk with your child's school -- see if they're doing all of the proper tests to protect the children. Testing can save lives!
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact Lee Law Offices P.A. for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.
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