How Does Covid 19 Make Radon Even More Dangerous?

Utah Radon Services
April 20, 2021
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Covid 19 and Radon - Covid 19 has changed all of our lives and the pandemic has caused mental and physical stress.   For some, the change in daily habits and handling stress has caused radon to become even more dangerous for them.

Many of us are spending more time in our homes and we want to make sure our homes are safe.  There are many aspects of Covid 19 and the pandemic that increases the urgency to get your home tested for radon, and if your levels are unsafe, to have a radon mitigation system installed.

During the pandemic, fewer people are trying to quit smoking.  Recent data released from the North American Quit Line Consortium showed a dramatic 27% drop in calls to help quit smoking during 2020. It comes as no surprise that people were focused on the pandemic, managing stress, and economic concerns, and found it hard to concentrate on quitting smoking.  The sales of cigarettes increased in 2020.  

Smoking And Radon:
The reason why radon testing and mitigation is even more important to smokers is that it increases the danger of lung cancer by 5 times.  And because 1 in 3 homes in Utah has unsafe radon levels, this increases the need for radon testing and radon mitigation.

Lung Cancer and Radon:
Radon is the leading cause of Lung Cancer in non-smokers.  Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Lack of early detection means low survival rates — only 19 percent of people with lung cancer live longer than five years.  Because of this, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force last week decreased the eligible age for lung cancer screenings from 55 to 50, including those with shorter smoking histories, to more than double the number of eligible adults from 7.8 million to more than 14 million. ( American Lung Association)

Fixing Radon:
Whether you smoke or not, the good news is that radon is a relatively simple problem to fix.  Utah Radon Services offers free testing and if your home tests high, we offer radon mitigation.  Radon mitigation involves fans and piping that move the radon out from under the home before it can accumulate inside.   If you would like to order a free radon test, Click Here.  You can also call us at 801.871.0751.


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