National Radon Week 2012 is October 15th-21st. Contribution by S.W.A.T. Radon Mitigation Franchise
The U.S. government alerted the American public that radon gas is a bigger problem than previously estimated. In June of 2011, EPA and Surgeon General launched the Federal Radon Action Plan to address the numer two cause of lung cancer in the USA.
National Radon Week, October 15 through 21, has been set aside as a time for education and awareness. Even though radon is the number two cause of cancer in the United States today, few people know what it is or how to avoid it. National Radon Week will change this.
Radon, the 86th element on the periodic table, is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas. As educators will explain during National Radon Week, the danger comes because of radon’s extremely short half life. Many people unknowingly inhale radon. As the radioactive gas begins to breakdown, it creates new materials. The problem comes when radon, a gas, begins to breakdown within the human body. During National Radon Week, activists hope to educate people across the United States about how breathing radon can result in cancerous cells. The hope is that National Radon Week will help to make radon weak.
Radon is dangerous in any amount. During National Radon Week, U.S. citizens will be encouraged to acquire test kits and to test their homes for radon gas. National Radon Week provides an excellent reason to stop putting off testing and make sure homes in every neighborhood are safe for families. Safety during National Radon Week can lead to safety for a lifetime.
Once a test kit has been utilized, during National Radon Week or any other time, homeowners should act immediately to restrict or eliminate the radon gas. National Radon Week will be to no avail if no one takes action. Homes where radon gas levels are high need immediate attention. During National Radon Week, home owners should participate in ways to reduce radon gas inhalation. They will find many professionals available to help both during National Radon Week and year round. Methods of radon reduction include ventilation, sealing basements and foundations and installing a removal system.
Life choices make a difference too. Fresh air provides a great replacement to poisonous radon gas. Of course, homes need to be made as safe as possible, but during National Radon Week, an emphasis should also be made on getting outdoors for some fresh air. Radon is made from radium in the soil around homes. As the radium breaks down, it creates the radon gas, which can leak into homes, and in the enclosed environment, this gas easily finds its way into the lungs of the inhabitants. Outside there is much more room and space for radon to escape without entering someone’s lungs. From October 15th through 21st, a great observance of National Radon Week will be to take a brisk walk in the park or play outside with the kids for thirty minutes each evening.
National Radon Week seeks to educate people about the dangers of radon. As awareness grows, National Radon Week will succeed in lowering radon-related deaths. Radon testing units as well as radon reduction and remediation systems are available at reduced rates during the federal radon awareness drive from SWAT Environmental, a subsidiary of the S.W.A.T. Radon Mitigation Franchise. They are the largest radon mitigation company in the United States. You can reach them at 1-800-NO-RADON.
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