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January is National Radon Action Month

Posted by Lara Vitiello on January 8, 2018

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What is Radon? What are the Risks?

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

  1. Test your home – EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive. See details below.
  2. Spread the word
  3. Encourage others to learn about radon and test their homes – Tell your family and friends about the health risk of radon. Encourage them to test their homes.

 

Where Can I Get a Radon Test Kit?

  • The National Radon Program Services offers discounted test kits available for purchase online.
  • You can also purchase a test kit at home improvement stores. Follow the directions on the packaging for the proper placement of the device and where to send the device after the test to find out your radon level.
  • Contact your state radon program for information on how to obtain a test kit from a radon measurement professional.  Some states also offer free or discounted test kits to the public.

 

Should I Hire a Professional?

If you are interested in finding a service provider to test for radon or mitigate (fix) your home, contact your state radon program for help in finding qualified professionals in your state.

The EPA requires any state receiving indoor radon grants to maintain and provide the public with a list of credentialed radon service providers. You can get more information through your state program or through two national radon agencies:

National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP)

Toll Free: (800) 269-4174 or (828) 890-4117

Email: info@nrpp.info

National Radon Safety Board (NRSB)

Toll Free: (866) 329-3474

Email: info@NRSB.org

 

 

Casey & Devoti is a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm. Together Partners Matt Casey and Matt Devoti have nearly 40 years of trial experience.  They handle a variety of personal injury matters, including:  car, truck and train accidents, victims of impaired and distracted driving, medical malpractice and birth injuries, product liability, slips/trips/falls, elder care and sexual abuse, Workers’ Compensation, and wrongful death.  Matt and Matt proudly serve clients throughout metropolitan St. Louis, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.  If you or a loved one have been injured by the negligence of another, call the office today for a free, no-obligation consultation:  (314) 421-0763.

 

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