Homeowners urged to check radon levels

Feb 03, 2011

Home owners are urged to get their houses checked for radon

People who come in frequent contact with radon may be putting their well-being in danger. The gas is known to cause lung cancer, which could ultimately lead those who survive the condition to pay higher life insurance premiums.

The American Lung Association in North Dakota is urging residents to have their homes tested for the gas because it says the area is prone to high levels of the toxin. The longer a person is exposed to radon, the more likely he or she is to become ill from it.

North Dakota American Lung Association director of the radon action campaign Kelly Marczak says this is the perfect time of year to have a home tested.

"More than 60 percent of the North Dakota homes tested in an EPA study had elevated levels of radon inside, so we can't emphasize enough the need for homeowners to test their homes," says Marczak. "January is a good time to test for radon, while we all have our homes sealed up for the winter."

It's important to limit contact with any sort of harmful chemical, whether it be radon or tobacco smoke. Avoiding contact with such substances can help people ward off serious medical conditions.  

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