January is National Radon Awareness month.
Radon gas is a radioactive decay product of radium that is naturally found in the soil. It can enter your home through cracks in the slab, or crawlspace and becomes trapped inside your home or business in high levels that are detrimental to your health. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non smokers and is responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths per year. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it. The only way to know if your home has dangerous levels is to do a test. It is easy to do and quite inexpensive. Some states even offer charcoal tests for free. This type of test will give the homeowner information to determine if more diagnostic testing should be performed. It does not matter whether your home is large or small, new or old, basement or crawlspace. The Environmental Protection Agency lists resources for radon testing and mitigation and provides links to state radon programs.
My knowledge of Radon Gas came after the diagnosis of my sister Cathy at age 50 of lung cancer. Cathy was a wife, mother and an elementary school teacher who had never smoked, and was an active healthy woman. She had developed a nagging cough that just wouldn’t go away. After multiple visits to the doctor, medications for bronchitis, and finally a chest x-ray with biopsy, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Our world and family was turned upside down. How could Cathy have lung cancer? Wasn’t that something smokers got? I needed answers.
I quickly realized that the answer was no. Lung cancer is not just a smokers disease. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.
My husband David and I now own Covenant Air Environmental Services located in Chattanooga, Spring Hill, Knoxville, and Tri-Cities Tennessee. We are dedicated to the education and awareness of radon gas and encourage home and business owners to test for this deadly radioactive gas. We offer testing with results provided via a third party laboratory and mitigation system designed and installed for undesirable levels.
Please, all you have to do is test. Keep yourself and your family safe.
Test. Fix. Save a life.
Angela Coffey, R.N.
Covenant Air Environmental Services