Archive for January, 2012
January is the EPA’s National Radon Action Month
January has been chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as National Radon Action Month in an effort to raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of allowing this contaminant to remain in their home undetected. Why is this important for Wilmington residents? In particular, anyone living in the Wilmington area is at risk of having radon sneak into their homes undetected, placing them at risk of developing lung cancer.
Uranium is found beneath the earth’s surface in specific areas of the country, including Wilmington. When it begins to break down, it creates a gas referred to as radon. As radon is produced in the earth, it needs to find a place to go. Therefore, it follows every nook and cranny in the ground, searching for a way out. As it reaches the earth’s surface, it either goes silently into the earth’s atmosphere, or it sneaks into the homes in Wilmington. Once inside your home, radon contaminates your indoor air and places you at risk of developing non-small cell lung cancer.
What Wilmington Area Residents Need to Know about National Radon Action Month
Did you know that radon can also break down into particulates known as radon daughters? These particles attach themselves to dust particles that you breathe in, and they can lead to the development of lung cancer, even in non-smokers.
It doesn’t matter how old your home is, if radon is trying to get in, more likely than not, it is going to find a way in. Perhaps the most important factor determining how much radon is going to enter your building is how easily the radon can travel through the ground to get to your home. The easier it is to find a crack or opening of some kind to enter, the more likely it is that radon is going to pollute your home. Plus, radon doesn’t leave the way that it gets in. Wilmington residents must implement radon mitigation strategies if they want to disperse radon from their homes.
January is National Radon Action Month, Take Action and Have Your Delaware Home Tested by SWAT
In some circles, radon is known as a silent killer. It menaces Wilmington residents with its noxiousness, creating the potential for lung cancer to develop. If you’ve never had your home tested, and even if you have, get it tested for January National Radon Action Month. If your radon levels exceed 4.0 pci/L (the level determined to be safe by the EPA), then you should contact a radon mitigator to handle the clean up for you. SWAT Environmental is the largest radon gas mitigator in the county. Its staff includes a greater number of certified technicians than any other company. With such a large nationwide footprint, SWAT has a presence in those areas of the country that are most likely to experience radon contamination. In addition to doing their part in helping to reduce the danger that radon poses, SWAT Environmental is offering valuable discounts during the month of January in recognition of National Radon Action Month.
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