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Radon Awareness Month - 10 "New" Reasons to Test Your Home For Radon

By January 7, 2009

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We have an “old” reason to test our homes for radon. Radon (found in all 50 states and around the world) is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. And we have an emotional reason. The wife of “superman,” Dana Reeve left us far too early, leaving behind an orphaned son, and a cause without her voice. Statistically as a never smoker, radon is the prime suspect in her death.

But if I can’t play on your emotions, and if you, like me, have already found your new years resolutions to be too much work, try this.

Test your home for radon because:

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  1. It doesn’t take any willpower.
  2. You can do it once (or twice) and forget about it for a long, long time.
  3. If the level is abnormal, it’s not your fault.
  4. Someone other than you can fix it.
  5. It’s cheaper than therapy.
  6. You can do it in your pajamas.
  7. Nobody will gossip about you, or be jealous if you do it.
  8. If the test comes back bad, it doesn’t mean you are a bad cook/housecleaner/mother/father/friend/employee/employer/coach.
  9. Fixing an abnormal level won’t change anything (except your radon level).
  10. Most importantly – you will have already made a positive change, so you won’t have to frantically search for something to share – when it comes time to write next years Christmas letter.

Is there anything I missed that would motivate you?

Further Reading:
Radon and Lung Cancer – What Everyone Should Know

Comments
January 7, 2009 at 8:08 am
(1) Radovent says:

With the simplicity of radon tests and mitigation, it is a great resolution to take action on this silent danger. Another new year resolution idea is to increase radon awareness. Educate friends, family and associates about the dangers of radon gas.

January 7, 2009 at 10:03 am
(2) Nancy L. says:

Even if you already have a radon filter, it’s worthwhile to check the radon level in your house periodically. A few months after we completed some renovations to our basement we discovered (to our shock) that the radon filter wasn’t working. The fix was very simple — the important thing was to discover the problem in the first place!

February 19, 2009 at 11:49 am
(3) Dane says:

Thank you for the great comments about radon. Everyone should take the time to learn more.

A great site about radon can be found at http://www.radonawareness.org

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