Archive for March, 2013
Regulation of Radon Lung Cancer Increases
The American Lung Association has been a strong advocate for the reduction of radon gas in homes, but now they have a reason to be excited as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken steps to improve the safety of homes throughout Lansing, MI and the rest of the nation. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has made increased regulation that will require all multi-family homes financed through HUD to have radon gas regulation.
What this means is that if you are renting a multi-family financed through HUD, you will be required to have a test to determine whether or not your home has high levels of radon gas. This is needed as the gas is both odorless and colorless, meaning there is no way to know whether or not your home is in need of an air purification system without a test. If a multi-family home financed through HUD has high levels of gas, it will also be required to have a mitigation system installed to remove the gas.
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Total, this gas is responsible for 21,000 deaths each year. About 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas, making radon lung cancer a serious concern. In order to protect your Lansing, MI home, it is extremely important to have a test, and an air purification system installed if needed to make for certain that the Lansing home is safe.
Creation of Radon Lung Cancer in Lansing
Radon gas is created in the soil when uranium breaks down. Uranium is naturally occurring in your soil, and its break down is a natural process. It is out of your control where your Lansing home was built, or when the uranium breaks down, but when this happens, the gas will seep through the foundation and into your home. The gas may also enter your home through the water supply. No matter how the gas enters, it is important that you test your home and install a mitigation system as needed.
HUD is actually part of a larger organization working to improve the safety of homes in Lansing and across the nation. The organization is known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. This group consists of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Together all of these organizations combine to make a strong push for the improvement of our health. The accomplishments this month by HUD are amazing and will surely improve the lives of so many. In addition to decreasing the rate of radon gas in Lansing homes, the American Lung Association points out that air purification systems will also help reduce moisture in homes and provide extra ventilation for further improved lung health and reduced radon lung cancer.
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