National Radon Awareness Week
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ — “The week of October 17 – October 24, 2010 is National Radon Awareness week,” according to Jamey Gelina, President Air Quality Control Agency, North America’s largest radon mitigation company. The Certified Environmental Specialist goes on to explain that “Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas formed from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.” In outdoor air, radon is diluted to very low concentrations and isn’t threatening. When it seeps into highly concentrated areas, such as houses, it can accumulate to levels that are hazardous to the occupants.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers radon one of the nation’s most serious public health risks. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, just behind tobacco smoke. It is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The EPA estimates exposure to the gas is responsible for up to 20,000 lung-cancer cases each year in the U.S. The World Health Organization states that radon is responsible for 2.4 million deaths per year Worldwide!
The U.S. EPA has set an action level for radon at 4 picocuries per liter of air (4 pCi/L) and advises homeowners to test their homes to ensure radon exposure stays below this level. In some cases, exposure levels as low as 2 pCi/L may pose a risk to some people, especially elderly people and children whose lung tissue may be more vulnerable. Testing for radon gas is easy and inexpensive. “When radon levels are found to be elevated, the problem can be fixed using current radon remediation technologies,” states Mr. Gelina. You can learn more about radon gas, how to test for it, and how to fix it by calling 1-800-NO-RADON or by visiting Air Quality Control Agency’s website: http://www.MitigationSystem.com.
SOURCE Air Quality Control Agency