Archive for March, 2013
The Serious Threat of Radon Lung Cancer in Minneapolis
If you are renting the apartment or home that you live in then you have a reason to celebrate for good health. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has created a new regulation that will improve the safety and health of all of those that are renting their home. Minneapolis, MN residents have reason to be excited as this is going to reduce the number of deaths by reducing the amount of radon gas in homes.
The American Lung Association is very pleased with the actions and efforts of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, as radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Many are not aware, but radon gas kills more people annually than drunk driving, or many other ways. Minneapolis residents should know that without a radon test, they may be at risk of having high levels of this gas, or even radon lung cancer.
HUD’s Solution to Reducing Radon Lung Cancer in Minnesota
HUD is requiring that all HUD financed multi-family homes will be required to have a test to find out the radon levels of these homes. If the test indicates there are high levels of gas, then it will be necessary that an air purification system is installed in the home to reduce the levels of gas. If you have ever been a tenant of a home or apartment, you may have had a hardship with arguing with a landlord as to whether or not some form of repair or maintainance would be performed on your rental. This action by HUD ensures that you are guaranteed a safe place to live in regards to having one of the most deadly gases removed from your Minneapolis home removed.
Radon gas forms in the ground below your Minneapolis home. The naturally occurring uranium in the soil breaks down and creates a byproduct of radon gas. As this is a gas, it may enter your home through the foundation, or the water supply. Once the gas enters your home, there is no telling what type of havoc it will do. Regardless, it is important that you have your home tested as soon as possible, and have a mitigation system installed if tests indicate further action is needed.
HUD has teamed up with several other government agencies to pull resources and brainstorm together on further actions to improve the safety and healthiness of homes reducing radon lung cancer. The group is referred to as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. The members include the U.S. Department of Energy, HUD, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. With all of these wonderful organizations working together, we will be sure to see some great changes to improve the safety of homes throughout the United States. S.W.A.T. Environmental is excited, and glad to help in any way we can to improve home safety in Minneapolis through radon reduction.
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