Radon is a toxic gas that is present in atmosphere in free state in trace amounts. You may be living in a posh home in a suburban area but ignore radon at your own peril! Radon can heavily affect your lungs and may make you a patient of lung cancer.
Hence, it is important to know a thing or two about radon’s presence in your house. Iowa is a small state located in the heart of America and it is trying to spread awareness for radon testing. The Iowa Department of Public Health is endeavoring to make people realize the significance of home testing for radon.
Reportedly, Iowa is a region most heavily affected by radon gas. Hence, the citizens of the state are being told to get their houses tested. Gail Orcutt, a lung cancer survivor, is playing a vital role in this endeavor.
Resident of Pleasant Hill, Gail Orcutt was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and had to have her left lung surgically removed. Later she learned about radon poisoning from an article and got her 18-year home tested. The test showed that she was exposed to a higher-than-normal level of radon.
Health officials have suggested that 7 out of 10 houses in Iowa may have higher radon levels. Rick Welke, the state’s Radon Manager Program, says that radon can collect inside any type structure and hence, some states legally require any new construction to be radon resistant.
Gail Orcutt is now working towards (with the aid of the Iowa Radon Coalition) establishing a similar law in the state. As far as radon testing is concerned, the experts recommend that one must get his/her house checked every 2 years. The test kits are available in most hardware stores.