LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 30 On Sunday night November 4th at8:00 PM EST the popular ABC television program "Extreme Makeover: HomeEdition" will blow up a home in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The home is beingdestroyed to eliminate elevated radon gas levels that are thought to becausing respiratory illnesses to the family living there. The problem islocal radon industry leaders don't think the explosion will get rid of theradon.
What is radon?
Radon is a natural, odorless gas that is the leading cause of lung canceramong non-smokers, killing an estimated 21,000 Americans each year. A recentstudy by the University of North Dakota also suggests radon may be linked toAlzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Save the dynamite
"It is critical for people to be aware of the dangers of radon," stateslocal industry expert and Protect Indoor Air Quality Services president KyleHoylman. "But we want people to know that although a big explosion makes forgood TV ratings, no reference in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)protocols for radon mitigation suggests blowing up a home. In fact, a newlybuilt home on the same site will most likely have the same radon problem,since most radon is emitted from the ground underneath the home -- not thehome itself."
How can I protect my family from radon?
Information from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services andthe EPA shows Kentucky as possessing many potentially high radon areas. Over50% of homes in Jefferson County are thought to have high levels of radon."But the good news is fixing a home with high levels of radon is usually astraight forward and cost-effective procedure that doesn't involveexplosives," Hoylman adds.
The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend all homes be tested forelevated radon levels by professional groups like Protect Indoor Air QualityServices, which is an industry-leading, nationally certified environmentalservices company specializing in radon testing and mitigation. The companyassists families with creating healthier homes through sensible environmentalsolutions. Additional information can be found athttp://www.protectservices.com.
SOURCE Protect Indoor Air Quality Services