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Local Blogs - Home Court Advantage - Donna Joerling
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
 

January is National Radon Action Month

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The American Lung Association, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are urging residents to take a stand to protect their families by testing their homes for an odorless, colorless, tasteless pollutant that can cause lung cancer. That pollutant, radon gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the first leading cause of lung cancer in individuals who have never smoked. EPA estimates that 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are radon-related.

Radon is going undetected in homes across the country. It causes no immediate health symptoms, but long-term exposure can be deadly. The Missouri State Radon Office estimates that as many as one in three homes in the St. Louis area have elevated radon levels. Some areas have higher levels than others.

Simple test kits can reveal the amount of radon in any building. Those with high levels can be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques. Testing is critical, because it is the only way to know if a building has significant concentrations of radon.

Radon test kits can be obtained by contacting the Missouri State Radon Office at 573-751-6160. They can also be purchased at many local hardware and builder's supply stores. A list of certified testers and radon mitigation contractors is also available from the NEHA (National Environmental Health Association) at  www.neha-nrpp.org/ or by calling (800) 269-4174.

Citizens who are considering building a new home should request their homebuilder to use radon resistant techniques to reduce radon levels in their new home. Anyone buying an existing home should have the home tested by a NEHA certified measurement professional.

The American Lung Association HelpLine is an excellent source of clear and accurate information on radon and other lung health issues. The HelpLine is unique in having professional, credentialed staff qualified to answer questions. Free counseling with registered nurses, respiratory therapists and quit-smoking specialists is available by calling (800) LUNGUSA (586-4872) . The line is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST. TTY for hearing impaired is available at (800) 501-1068.

As with any purchases or sales of residential property, consult with your local real estate agent to get more details or resources.  Your real estate and life coach, coaching you through one step at a time Donna K Joerling 314 808-1712

 

 
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