Rental Moving Day…Has Your New Apartment Been Tested For Radon?
August 31st is the biggest moving day for tenants than any other day of the year. It could be moving to an area to go to college, are out of the dorms and moving in with friends or striking out on your own and can afford that awesome apartment in the area you always wanted.
That being said, if you are renting a single family or multi-family house, live in a ground level/basement apartment or are on the first floor, you should inquire with your landlord if the radon levels have been checked to determine if your new digs is a safe place to live. If the radon levels have not been checked, request your landlord to test for elevated radon levels.
Some US states have guidelines whereby radon levels must be checked and fixed prior to a tenant moving into a property. That is not the case for most states! In Massachusetts, where I am a NRPP Certified Radon Measurement Provider, there are no guidelines in place so being pro-active for own health is imperative.
As a tenant, you are paying your hard earned money for a safe and healthy space to live in. Your landlord may not be informed about the hazards of radon and that it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. You can assist them with education and providing websites for them to review. Recommend they call a professional to learn more and review the US EPA Radon site.
Test Your Home…Protect Your family!
School is Starting Soon…Has Your Child’s School Been Tested For Radon Yet?
Many states in the USA strongly recommend radon testing for schools but only a few require it. Teachers, educators, support staff and your children spend many hours each week in school and may be exposed to radioactive radon gas during all those hours. Long term exposure to elevated concentrations of radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer.
It is imperative to identify if radon concentrations are elevated in a school and the only way to know is to test. Following national testing standards is recommended. These standards are clearly defined through the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for testing schools.
If you don’t know if your child’s school or daycare has been tested for radon, be proactive on behalf of your child’s health and ASK. Many schools have steps in place to address noxious fumes, violence, smoke and fire and other health risks.
Radon is a silent killer! …What has your school implemented to protect your child from radioactive radon gas? This too is a safety issue and your child has a right to be educated in a safe, learning environment.
Protect Your Family…Test Your School, Workplace and Home!
Radon Awareness and Why It’s So Important
When radon industry and real estate professionals speak of Radon Awareness, it’s important to know that radon is not a new threat of modern living but a threat to one’s health based on earth science. Radon is the natural breakdown of Uranium in rock and soil resulting in radioactive radon gas which has been proven to cause lung cancer after long term exposure and new studies have shown radon can negatively affect other internal organs as well.
The damaging affects of radon in the body is not hype, is not a scam and is not a fabricated story to coerce consumers to spend money to repair their home. Radon Causes Cancer and Public Awareness is imperative!
I recently set a radon test in a Massachusetts new construction home and the new homeowner’s mother was visiting from out of state. In her innocence, she asked me if radon was an issue in only Massachusetts because she never heard of it before. This was an opportune time to explain about the dangers of radon, that it is all over the world and how simple, effective methods are used to reduce the levels for a safe internal home environment.
There is never a need to panic if the radon levels are elevated because they can be reduced easily and effectively in the hands of a professional mitigation firm. Test Your Home…Protect Your Family!
Radon…A Hidden Home Hazard
Simply said, radioactive radon gas causes lung cancer and has been found to affect other organs in the body as well. Any home, anywhere in the world, can have elevated radon concentrations and the only way to know if radon is a problem in your home is to test.
There are multiple ways to test for radon and if levels are elevated, radon reduction systems also known as radon mitigation systems are installed in a days time. The cost is one of the least expensive for home repairs and the average cost runs between $1000-1500 depending on the size of the home and the levels.
You, your family, tenants and/or employees are entitled to live and work in a safe environment. Test Your Home or workplace today for radioactive radon gas!