January is National Radon Action Month! Do you have a story about Radon Gas? Perhaps you tested your home and found extremely high levels, or maybe you first heard of Radon last year when you liked our Facebook page and have been spreading the word to your friends and family ever since. No matter what your Radon story, we want to hear it! Send us your Radon story for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Home Depot! Essays need to have a minimum of 250 words and will be judged on form, grammar, content, and ideas. Submit essays to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Radon Essay Contest” no later than January 31st. The winner will be announced in early February. The winning essay will also be posted on our Facebook page, website, and blog. Please message us with any questions!
If you are not familiar with Radon Gas it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. It is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil. The gas rises through the soil and gets trapped in your house where you then breathe it in. Once in your lungs, alpha radiation is released causing cellular damage which can lead to cancer. Take control of your house and test for radon gas, the test is inexpensive and easy to use! Please let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to help.
Dr. Oz did a great segment about Radon Gas on his show! Although he stresses that homes in Zone 1 and 2 on the Radon hot spot map should definitely be tested for radon, keep in mind that radon is site specific so everyone needs to test their home for radon, even if you’re not in a hot spot. He also mentions that your house has to be sitting on top of a rock pile to have radon. This isn’t entirely true as a little pocket of uranium can be found anywhere, even in sand!
Watch the video HERE and don’t forget to watch Part 2 to see the clip in its entirety!
If you have any questions about Radon or Radon testing please message us or comment on this post and we would be glad to help!
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month! With Radon being the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers it is essential that you test your home for Radon!
How does Radon cause lung cancer? It’s actually not the gas itself but its decay products, notoriously called the Polonium sisters. Polonium 218 & 214 are actually solids and once inhaled (whether alone or attached to dust or smoke particles) become deeply lodged in your lungs. When Polonium decays it produces alpha radiation which violently strikes fragile lung tissue cells (picture a bowling ball being thrown at wet tissue paper) causing physical and chemical damage to DNA, which can cause lung cancer.
Read more about Radon and Radon testing on the EPA’s website.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month! With radon gas being the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, this is the perfect time to test your home for radon!
The State of Vermont provides free long-term radon test kits, order your’s through this link.
Now is also the perfect time to do a short-term radon test because the cold weather makes keeping your windows closed for a few days much easier! You can find short-term radon test kits at your local hardware store or through a certified lab like Accustar or Nelson Analytical. We also have certified radon measurement providers who can test your property with a continuous radon monitor.
January is National Radon Action Month. Please take a moment to educate yourself on this dangerous, naturally occurring carcinogen. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and is the #1 leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Do-it-yourself test kits can be purchased online or at your local hardware store, however don’t underestimate the importance of hiring a certified radon measurement professional to conduct your radon air test. A certified radon measurement professional is trained in EPA placement protocol and the closed house conditions necessary for a valid radon air test. Criterium-Lalancette Engineers conducts radon air testing in Vermont and New Hampshire using continuous radon monitors that provide detailed reports graphing hourly radon concentrations against temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. We would be happy to provide you with a quote and more information on radon testing, please message us for more information. We would also love to hear about your experiences with radon and radon air testing!
Click the picture above to access the EPA publication, A Citizen’s Guide to Radon.
Exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Have you tested your home for radon gas? Testing is inexpensive and easy! You can purchase a test kit through a certified lab (like Accustar), research your state’s local radon program, or email us for more information at email@example.com
Here are Becca & Andrew demonstrating the fundamentals of radon air testing: