Archive for June, 2012
Many people assume that lung cancer is always caused by smoking. While it is true that smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer, many people who have never smoked are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Secondhand smoke and similar factors can contribute to these cases, but there is another leading cause of this condition that often goes overlooked. Radon, a scentless, invisible gas, slowly damages the lungs over time and is present in the homes of scores of unsuspecting Lancaster, Pennsylvania residents. As scary as this may sound, there are ways to prevent becoming a victim of high radon levels.
What are High Radon Levels?
Resulting from the natural deterioration of uranium in the soil, rocks and water, radon gas is gradually released into the air in most parts of the world. It cannot be detected via any of the five senses. It has been proven to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, so smokers who are exposed to high radon levels are at an extremely high lung cancer risk. Because of the gas’s unobtrusive nature, the only way to discover if your home is contaminated is to have a specialized radon test performed.
How to Detect High Radon Levels
Of course, many individuals never take the precaution of having their home’s radon levels checked. Since radon gas exposure causes no immediate unpleasant symptoms, it is easy to ignore the possibility of the gas’s presence. Doing so, however, could be the worst mistake you ever make, since by the time lung cancer caused by high radon levels becomes evident, it will be too late to prevent it. Fortunately, you do not need a master’s degree to conduct a simple radon test in your home. You can purchase a home test kit that includes detailed steps on how to administer the test. Of course, you can also have SWAT Environmental administer a professional test for improved convenience, speed and accuracy. The results of either test will inform you whether or not your home contains unsafe radon levels
What Radon Levels are Cause for Concern
Residents in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area are at an increased risk for radon exposure compared to much of the rest of the country. Research has shown that 63 percent of studied homes in this region contain radon levels higher than 4.0 pCi/L, which is the highest acceptable level established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Radon levels above this point are highly dangerous.
If your house’s radon levels are this high, SWAT Environmental’s experts will be able to use several different methods to reduce them. Often, it is necessary to install some type of ventilation system in your home. This is designed to target the air under the house, where radon is the most prevalent, and vent it back outdoors. With these precautions, you can be certain that you and your family will not be put at risk from high radon levels.
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