Hopefully by now, you understand the harmful effects of radon gas in your home and work environment. Word is spreading and that’s a good thing. But, if you don’t, I can catch you up. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. It is found in all 50 states – and right here in the Tri-State. The only way to know if it’s in your home or your workspace? You test.
Testing sounds invasive, expensive, and time consuming though, right?
Actually, it’s none of these things. And, to show just how easy it is, I served as a guinea pig. My name is Laurel and I am a freelance writer and public relations specialist. I began working with Radon Systems several months ago. I’ll be honest, when I started working with Joe and his team, I knew nothing about radon. I certainly didn’t know that it is a cancer-causing carcinogen and could possibly be found right in my home.
But, like you, I don’t just work. I am a wife and mother two young girls – ages four and one-year-old. My husband and I strive to be the best parents that we can be – just like everyone does. We teach our children to eat healthy food, to read and learn about the world around them, and to get plenty of exercise. We buckle them in their carseats when we leave the house and we put a warm coat on them when it’s cold outside. But, what if we were allowing our children (and ourselves) to breathe unhealthy air right here in our safe haven – our home? It scared me that I might be putting my children at risk without knowing it.
So, I needed to test. I got a radon test kit from my local health department. (TIP: At certain times of the year, they give test kits out for free. Look it up. Get one).
It looks like this.
Inside is a small, metal canister and a registration form.
All you have to do is open the metal canister and leave it in an area that won’t be subject to inspection by a toddler – in my case – or a lot of wind. My location was on top of a chest of drawers in my entryway.
I opened the canister on a Wednesday and left it untouched for the allotted amount of time. (48-96 hours, per my kit).
I tacked the checklist with my test kit number on it, on my bulletin board and waited.
Once the time was up, I sealed the canister up (with the electrical tape provided), placed it back into the box with the filled out form, and dropped the box in the mail (with no postage needed, I might add) on Saturday.
I will admit I was a bit nervous. In fact, my husband asked me what we would do if radon was found, to which I answered, “Get it fixed, of course.” But, we are like everyone else. The thought of yet another home repair was daunting. But, we needed to know, for our children’s sake.
Then, on Tuesday, (just two business days after I sent the test kit in) I received an email from the test provider with the letter to the right attached.
I can’t begin to tell you how relieved I was to read that our home is below the EPA’s recommended action levels. I feel like I have peace of mind that my husband and I are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our kids to call home. While I can’t promise that my girls aren’t going to eat too much candy or stay up way past their bedtime, I can breathe easy knowing that they are breathing healthy air.
Radon Systems of Indiana (RSI) can help you with any radon concern you may be having. Whether you have a just want to test your home, have a current problem, or want to take charge of your indoor air quality before an issue arises, RSI can help. RSI works with owners of single-family homes, commercial buildings, multi-family residences, and everything in between. Call 812.842.0728 or visit www.RadonSystemsIndiana.com.com today and schedule a free estimate.
You and your family deserve this peace of mind.