Garden Grove, CA, June 14th, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon can be found across the United States and California is no exception. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that, “All houses should be tested for radon, if not during the sale or purchase, at least after you take occupancy. Houses even in areas of low radon potential can have elevated radon levels.”
Radon is a radioactive gas that is known to cause cancer. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The gas can move up through the ground and into buildings through cracks, sumps and other holes in a building’s foundation or slab.
According to the EPA, “You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home.” The agency goes on to state, “…the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.”
LA Testing, based in California, provides radon test kits and analysis for property owners and building occupants concerned about the health risks associated with exposure to elevated levels of radon. “Testing for radon is a quick and inexpensive way to determine if high levels of radon are present in a building,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “All California residents should be aware of the possibility of radon in their homes, schools and places of business.”
LA Testing’s parent company, EMSL Analytical, has sponsored a video about radon that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/6yOMtXafNwM
To learn more about testing for radon and other indoor environmental issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.
LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. LA Testing has laboratories throughout California to service commercial clients and government agencies as well as the general public.