CEO of St. Louis based radon testing and mitigation company provides tips on how to protect local communities during January 2020 National Radon Action month.
St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Cherie Summa, CEO of St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation (http://www.stlradon.com) is making it her mission this January to raise awareness about the dangers of radon in the greater St. Louis area and the Metro East and to teach homeowners in the community how to test for radon in their homes.
According to the EPA, an estimated 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. have high radon levels which can potentially be in any home. Living in a home with high radon levels can be a serious health risk. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and it is estimated to cause over 20,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Because of the ways that radon and tobacco smoke damage the lungs, high radon levels are especially dangerous for people who smoke. Their risk of lung cancer is 10 times higher than non-smokers.
Radon, a radioactive gas, becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other openings in the foundation. It can’t be seen, tasted, or smelled so it’s easy for radon problems to go unnoticed. The only way for homeowners to know if they have a radon problem is to test their homes. The Surgeon General recommends that all homes get tested for radon. You can have a professional test your home or buy a do-it-yourself test kit. Home radon tests are easy to use and inexpensive especially for something that can save lives.
Indoor radon can be controlled and managed with proven, cost-effective radon mitigation techniques performed by a licensed radon mitigation contractor.
During National Radon Action Month, homeowners can raise radon awareness by:
· Contacting local school systems to encourage radon education in science classes.
· Asking their child’s superintendent if their school has been tested. If so, ask to see the results.
· Asking their child’s daycare if they have tested the building for radon.
· Contacting St. Louis Radon to hold an informal talk in their local library or other community space.
· Writing a letter to their local newspaper about the risks of radon and the importance of testing.
· Organizing a time for everyone in their neighborhood to test their homes together.
· Calling St. Louis Radon to speak to their office, PTA or homeowner's association meetings.
For more information about National Radon Action Month, visit: https://www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-consumer-information
About St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation:
St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation is committed to the health of families and the safety of their homes by providing the greater St. Louis area and the Metro East with the most trusted radon testing services and effective radon mitigation systems. St. Louis Radon has a staff of certified radon professionals and are members of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST).
Homeowners can contact St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation at 636.200.2875 to learn more about testing their homes, where to find a test kit or radon mitigation. The company offers more information on their website at http://www.stlradon.com or you can find information on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s web site at http://www.cdc.gov/radon.
1. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency