Archive for March, 2013
Radon Lung Cancer in Columbia May be Reduced
There is some new great news for residents of Columbia, MD. With new policies set in place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there will be increased safety in many homes across the United States. There is regulation being set in place that will help reduce the levels of radon gas in homes throughout the United States. This is great news, and the American Lung Association has commended the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their great effort.
If you have never heard of radon gas before, it is a cancerous gas that is naturally occurring and found in the soil beneath many Columbia, MD homes. Without the help of a trained professional, many homes will be unaware of whether or not they have high levels, and will not be able to reduce the levels of gas. This gas is both odorless, and colorless, meaning that a test is the only way that you will be able to determine whether or not your Columbia home is infested.
The risk of cancer from radon gas is overwhelming. Currently, it is the second leading cause of radon gas. The radon kills 21,000 people each annually across the United States, and is responsible for roughly 15% of all lung cancer cases. This means that reducing radon can reduce radon lung cancer. With a high number of deaths from radon lung cancer this is very important. This gas is radioactive, and we all know that radiation has been proven to cause cancer as well. This gas is basically the asbestos of our generation, and without proper treatment and care, many more lives may be ruined.
Radon Lung Cancer Regulations in Columbia
If you have ever rented a home in Columbia, you will know that repairs and maintenance are not always up to the tenant. The landlord is ultimately the decision maker in whether or not a repair happens, or needed maintenance happens, unless there is legal language in a lease that binds the landlord to make any specific repairs or maintenance.
Luckily, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has created a new regulation that will require all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD to have a radon test completed. If the test is completed and there is high levels of gas, then it will be required that a mitigation system is installed. This is definitely a step forward for all living in multi-family homes as there is a strong push for improvement in regulated safety.
HUD is actually part of a larger association that is built to help improve the safety of homes. HUD has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. These organizations combining their forces together will be able to create a set plan that will help improve the lives of millions. S.W.A.T. Environmental is extremely proud and delighted with the strong efforts that HUD has taken to improve health of those in Columbia, MD.
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