New Study Warns of Radon Risks Associated with Energy Efficient Homes

EMSL Analytical offers test kits and analysis to identify radon levels in buildings to protect people from this invisible threat.


WEBWIRE – Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Study Warns of Radon Risks Associated with Energy Efficient Homes
 
EMSL Analytical offers test kits and analysis to identify radon levels in buildings to protect people from this invisible threat.
 
Cinnaminson, NJ, February 11th, 2014
 
Last month, the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) published information about a recent study that looked at how reducing ventilation in homes could impact lung cancer risks due to radon exposure.  The study found that increasing the air tightness of a building could also increase indoor radon levels by over 50%.
 
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that is believed to claim the lives of approximately 20,000 Americans each year.  According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.  Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.  The gas can move up through the ground and into buildings through cracks, sumps and other holes in a building’s foundation or slab. 
 
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 1 in 15 homes in the United States are believed to have elevated radon levels.  The only way to know for sure if radon is a problem is to have the building tested.  The winter months are an ideal time to have a property tested for radon, because most buildings are sealed up because of the cold outdoor temperatures.  A closed indoor environment can often increase radon levels.  
 
“This new study reminds people of the need to test for radon and to take action to reduce its presence if it is found in high concentrations in homes or other buildings,” said Garrett Ray, Radiological Laboratory Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc.  “Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk.  Testing for radon can help to prevent unnecessary exposure because there are steps that can be taken to mitigate exposure risks in buildings with high levels.” 
 
EMSL provides comprehensive radon information from a dedicated website at www.RadonTestingLab.com.  They have also sponsored an educational video about radon that can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/6yOMtXafNwM
 
To learn more about testing for radon or other indoor environmental concerns, please also visit www.EMSL.com, call (800)220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com .
 
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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