Thursday, January 31, 2013

Radon Gas. Please Test For It.

My husband got news today that one of his dear friends was just diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma.

First, please pray for the man, his family, and his doctors.

UPDATE:  My husband's friend has since passed away.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

Second, my blog today will be about radon testing.

Adenocarcinoma is mainly caused by smoking (he nor his wife smoke).  The other main cause is Radon gas.

His wife also had lung cancer and had one lung removed.

As far as I know they haven't had their house tested for Radon.  Radon was what came to my mind.

I know we blog about "no poo", "DIY deodorants", "starting seed", "off the grind living", etc.

But Radon Testing is simple and kinda inexpensive- of course that definition depends on your budget.  :)

Radon testing kits can be found at hardware stores like Lowes and Home Depot.  I would imagine most hardware stores have them.  Call first and check out prices.  Keep in mind there is also a $30 lab fee.

The article below is from the EPA's guide to Radon.

EPA Radon Guide

1. Why Do You Need to Test for Radon?

a. Radon Has Been Found In Homes All Over the U.S.
Why should I test for Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside.
Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more). Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in your state. Contact your state radon office for information about radon in your area.
Please test especially if you have a basement or a root cellar.  
Well it's not a normal blog for these circles- but it is so important. 

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