Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Here I Go Again (About Radon)

Time to get up on my radon pedestal again!

The other day, I ran into another real estate agent who's severely misinformed about radon gas and the potential health effects it can cause. Maybe 10 or 15 years ago, I could understand the distrust of the facts about radon, but not now. We know so much more now than we did then. Radon gas causes lung cancer. Simple. Black and white. Just like the Surgeon General Warning on cigarette packs, on January 13, 2005, the Surgeon General issued the following National Health Advisory:

"Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the county," Dr. Carmona said. "It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."

For the full advisory text, visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/pressreleases/sg01132005.html.

Getting back to my misinformed real estate agent friend, as he stood outside taking a drag from his cigarette, he said, "I just think this radon stuff is a bunch of baloney."

Enough said.

For the facts about radon, visit http://www.epa.gov/radon/.