Wow! What a question… doesn’t everyone have a radon test done in their home? Isn’t everyone afraid of radon? Shouldn’t they be?
Well folks… I’m one to suggest that you don’t get a radon test done to your home BECAUSE… and that is meant to be a VERY BIG BECAUSE! You should first be asking yourself a few questions, like…
What exactly is Radon?
How is radon bad for me and my family?
Can radon kill me or members of my family?
Am I just being too cautious?
Am I being sold a bill of goods?
What does it cost to do a radon test?
What do I really know about radon other than the rumors?
Well I’m glad you asked those simple little questions. Let me be as succinct as I can… Too much radon at one time can kill you or make you deathly ill. If you were a coal miner… you might have a need to be much more concerned since your living is underground for long stretches of the day or night. If you are living in a house that has been around for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 or more years… you probably don’t have much to worry about… that is… unless you checked the families that lived in your house before you and they all got deathly ill from mysterious gases… yes, then you might have cause to consider getting a radon test done in your crawlspace/basement… but that still wouldn’t confirm anything.
After doing some research on radon, I found that there may have been some misinterpretations over the years. One of the many sources was an article, Radon: Truth vs. Myth by forensic-applications.com which offers an article that begins with this quote…
“A large portion of the general population is under the misconception that the frequently published risks associated with radon are well accepted scientific facts. In reality, the vast majority of well designed studies do not support policies or positions that exposures to indoor radon pose a significant threat to health, and indeed, the majority of those studies indicate that, at concentrations typically seen in homes, as the level of radon increases, the risk of lung cancer goes down, not up. The following section is a brief discussion of how radon occurs and the science-based risks associated with radon exposure.”
The article, which is rather long but very fascinating, leads one to understand that unless they are a person that mines underground for a living, then they pretty much have nothing to worry about. I urge you to take the time and be informed regarding the withdrawing of your money for something you really may not need. Truly, I read many other articles posted across the Internet regarding radon and most… 99% of them offered absolutely no scientific backed facts (or sources) other than a study going on at this or that institute and none of which offered any verifiable numbers regarding deaths or illnesses… these low information articles were quite contrary to the scientific information packed articles at Forensic-Applications.
In the articles from Forensic, there are explanations regarding how the EPA and National Research Center (NRC) have manipulated the numbers to serve their purpose… the billion dollar radon gas problem that makes Americans shell out more hard-earned money and create a state of panic that is truly unnecessary.
In the article there are references with links to many other scientific journals and organizations that refute the radon hype… so it’s not just one source calling the kettle black.
Are you about to shell out your hard-earned money for a radon test?
I suggest that you don’t do it until you have read the above offered link and have scrutinized the subject. Think about it for a minute… you’re likely not working in a mine, correct? You don’t live underground like a mole, correct? You’ve been walking this earth for a considerable amount of time and haven’t been killed by radon, correct? Radon doesn’t just hide under houses and corporate buildings… if it is coming from the ground then it would be coming at you with every step you’ve taken outside for your whole life.
Is there radon in the world? Emphatically – Yes! Is it going to kill you or make you ill? Not unless it’s hooked up to a tank and a gas mask and you’re breathing it directly into your lungs for days, weeks, months, years on end.