Radon Deaths vs. Drunk Driving Deaths-You Decide

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Submitted by BobHuska on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 19:59.

You read about it nearly every day.  You hear about it on the 6:00 news.  Millions spent each year on ad campaigns warning of the dangers of drinking and driving, and rightly so.  Thousands of innocent lives lost unnecessarily, and why?  In 2007, there were 15,387 lives lost in the U.S. due to driving under the influence of alcohol.  In Pennsylvania alone there were 556 fatalities.  Is it any wonder why the voices have become so loud, and efforts by law enforcement have become so relentless in the pursuit to lower these tragic numbers? 

I continue to hope they will be successful.

Here are some more numbers for you to consider.  It is estimated that Radon Gas causes between 15,000 and 22,000 deaths in the U.S. each year from Lung Cancer.  In Pennsylvania alone, it will cause between 860 and 3,800 deaths this year.  While these numbers are not as exact as the previous set of numbers I shared with you, there has been a lot of research done in formulating them.  For the sake of this discussion, let's take the lowest numbers...the best case scenarios.  If 15,000 people, 860 of them from Pennsylvania, died this year from Lung Cancer caused by Radon Gas, would you consider that a problem worth raising some concerns over?  These numbers meet or exceed the number of alcohol related deaths, yet you hear very little about it.  Why?

In either case, you're just as dead, and in both cases, it's just as preventable.  I do not mean to diminish the seriousness of driving under the influence, but rather, wish to raise the awareness of the dangers of Radon Gas in your home.

The good news is, all it takes is a simple and inexpensive test to know what the Radon levels are in your home.  If they are high, there are ways to reduce them to safe levels and if they are low, you can consider the cost of the test well worth the piece of mind you will receive in knowing your family is safe.

I was shocked when I tested my own home and found it to be 5 times the action level set by the EPA.  This is not uncommon in Pennsylvania, and I will be relentless in my efforts to try and get the message out, regarding the dangers of Radon. 

I continue to hope I will be successful.

I am licensed by the PA DEP to conduct Radon tests.  If you would like to schedule a test, call me.

Bob Huska
BH Home Inspection-York

Submitted by BobHuska on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 19:59.


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