January 2018 Proclaimed as 'Radon Action Month' in Longmont

January 2018 Proclaimed as 'Radon Action Month' in Longmont

"January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and get your home tested announced Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert".

It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and causes over 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

Radon is naturally occurring and comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Testing for radon during the cooler months is highly recommended as many doors and windows remain closed, leaving limited space for the invisible gas to escape. After construction is completed and the homeowner has moved in, a radon test is recommended. Knowing that there is a high probability of a risky agent lurking in your house, of all the initiatives you plan to undertake to promote improved health in your household, don't you think identifying Radon contamination in your home should be first on that list?

Decades of scientific research have shown a strong correlation between breathing harmful concentrations of radon gas - over long periods of time - with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Radon seeps through cracks and openings in the basement and foundation of homes. High levels of radon in homes, offices and schools can be hazardous to your health. But the only way to know if radon is present is to test it. "Testing for radon is simple and affordable", Marshall said. One in four households tested in Nevada have levels at or above 4 pCi/l. The good news is that radon can be reduced by easy, low-priced home testing and fix.

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Radon testing isn't expensive and can be done either by a professional or by purchasing your own kit.

For more information on radon testing, visit www.coloradoradon.info, where you can find a list of contractors certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program to install radon mitigation systems.

"Testing for radon in your home is a simple process", said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. Remediation will cost you around $1,000.

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