National Radon Action Month

January 16, 2008

You don’ t believe it, do you? A colorless, odorless, radioactive gas seeping into your home causing lung cancer in non-smokers? Pul-eeez!

Well, the EPA believes it and has designated January as National Radon Action Month to raise awareness in our doubting population.

The Surgeon General’s Office has also weighed in.

All you need to do is do a web search for radon…or have a look at my last post about it. You’ll find out everything you need to know to justify action on your part.

Here’s one example.

Central Ohio is in the middle of a high risk zone for radon. If you or your kids hang out in the basement (or if you are a smoker) your risk is elevated dramatically. 

So have your home tested by a professional, or test it yourself. Contact the Ohio Department of Health Radon Program (1-800-523-4439) for information on where to obtain low cost radon test kits.

When you get the results, DO something about it!



July 31, 2007

We’ve had reason in recent days to re-investigate the risks of radon gas to our health. We got a lot of help from Elizabeth James, radon maven. [Thanks, Liz!]

The news is not good!
Radon, you will remember, is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas—the product of decomposing uranium deep in the earth.
That can’t be good.
You’re right, it’s not.

According to the U. S. EPA online radon is a very serious threat to our health.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according
to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About
2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. [emphasis mine, ed.]

It’s everywhere. But mostly, it’s in your house!

A silent, invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive killer gas is sneaking into my home to give me cancer? R-I-G-H-T!
Sounds like another eco-maniacal greenie off the deep end doesn’t it?

It’s not.

(BTW, our sincerest apology to all ecologically concerned individuals whom we may have just offended. We’re just trying to drive home a point here—not make a political statement. Really.)

And there’s more bad news.

You are at a greater risk of dangerous exposure to this killer stuff here in central Ohio than most other places!

Uh Oh!

This is serious business, and you need to find out more about the risk to you and your family and what you can do about it.

Do it because there are reasonable ways to reduce exposure. Do it because you want to be here for your grandchildren. (Okay, here’s the real reason. Simon says “Do it.”)

The EPA has a free booklet available online that provide excellent general information. There is an additional free publication that addresses the special concerns of those considering buying or selling a home.

Possibly the best source of good information about radon in the central Ohio area is our new friend Elizabeth James at the Ohio Department of Health. (You were wondering when we were going to get back to her, didn’t you? Thanks for staying with us.)

Call Liz at 800-523-4439 and ask her some questions about this stuff. She’s an expert. Find out how serious this really is…and what you can do about it.

Go ahead call her…she’s really nice.

Tell her we said “Hi”.

You smokers with children. [You know who you are.] Stop smoking now and call Liz. Your risk is like 100 times worse! No kidding. Do it right now.