January Radon Action Month: Better Understanding...Better Results

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Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction (CR3) will take a new avenue on advocacy...thru the pandemic and beyond! As a part of January's National Radon Action Month, Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction has restructured their plan for 2021 to keep radon awareness in the forefront in the midst of the mounting concern about COVID.


"Awareness is the greatest agent for change." ... Eckhart Tolle

This last year has surfaced awareness that lung health is one of the most important aspects of health care moving forward. The parallel affects between COVID-19 and radon really bring to light how unseen environmental hazards can affect human life.

The safety of our family is a top priority especially now with the threat of the coronavirus invading our world. Staying home is suggested as a means of prevention. However, there may be another invisible killer lurking in what you think is the safety of your home. Being diagnosed with lung cancer is a drastic way to discover the danger of radioactive radon gas exposure. Most people don’t know that this silent killer is the leading environmental cause of cancer death and the second leading cause of lung cancer. Elevated levels have been discovered in every state in our nation.

Any structure which touches the ground is susceptible to the intrusion of radon. It doesn’t matter if the structure is new, old, frame, brick, has a basement, has a crawl space, or is slab on grade. Radon, the decay products of uranium, can seep into a structure from the ground through tiny openings and sometimes through the concrete without any noticeable indication.

If a structure has a mitigation system installed, it is advised to test that structure at least every two years to verify the functioning performance of the system. Any time of the year is fine to test for radon. Sometimes the level is even higher in the summer than in the winter because of the constant use of air-conditioning. The important thing to remember is to keep a closed house condition when performing a short-term test (3-7 days). However, an almost year-long test of 90 days or more is appropriate to verify the radon level throughout the year. If you do have a mitigation system installed, please perform a simple test each year to ensure the accurate performance of the system.

New technology from several testing device manufacturers provide long-term and real-time results. If test results are revealed to be elevated, always use a certified radon professional mitigator to install a system that will lower the level of radon. A list of certified professionals can be found through https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/how-can-you-find-qualified-radon-service-provider-your-area-1

Increase your knowledge of radon at Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction. The only way to tell if high levels are present in the indoor environment is to perform an easy home test. A test kit can be obtained at hardware stores or online at https://citizensforradioactiveradonreduction.org/product/short-term-radon-test-kit

Contact Information
Gloria Linnertz, Director
Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction
(618) 830-4660

Jacquelyn E. Nixon, Publisher of CR3 News Magazine
Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction
(412) 961-1980

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