Great show today & very educational! Our guests offered wonderful & vital info to keep us all safe in our spaces. I couldn't keep up w/all the great info from Bob Carlson & Dana Wilson!! How great were these 2?
Here's more info on RADON:
"noble gas" along with helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon. chemically inactive, but radioactive, during its decay to "radon daughters" (polonium, etc.) [aka radon progeny…guess that’s less sexist]
Ionizing vs. other types of electromagnetic radiation
shoots out alpha particles, and reputedly even beta (no, that’s from the progeny)
tissue damage due to +2 charge and mass
inhalation & ingestion
EPA guidelines for air and water
HEPA furnace filter and aeration of living space, half-life issues, get rid of dust and air sources
county-by county health dept. maps, but foundation material may be crucial
***RADON is scentless...you won't know if you have a problem w/this unless you TEST for it. Test kits can be purchased at the hardware store OR get a licensed inspector to come in for about $800-1000 where they know where to to test, at what time of year & can expertly tell you what's up. You only need to test for radon ONCE!!***
RADON is the 2nd leading cause of LUNG CANCER in the US!!!
Bob & Dana suggested that you:
- Use HEPA filters in your HVAC system to get out the "alpha" (small) particles that you'd otherwise breathe in, pets, allergies, not withstanding.
- If you have a private water well, you MUST have a water softener as radon is found in water as well!
- Your foundation can also emit radon gas!
Even though we really didn't get to discuss carbon monoxide (we'll address on another show) here is some info:
health effects similar to cyanide boogies to the head of the movie line and pushes oxygen out of the way; preferentially bonds with hemoglobin molecules in red blood cells (erythrocytes)
turns ya bright cherry red, like cyanide victims in a mystery novel
don’t barbecue indoors!
get the furnace and chimney cleaned annually
clean the white residue out from under the stovetop if it’s a gas-hog
don’t use kerosene space heaters unless the directions say it’s OK
keep yer exhaust system in good repair, if’n ya drive a vehicle
***Unlike radon, carbon monoxide causes these sympotoms: dizziness, pounding headaches, watery eyes, nauseousness, heavy sleeping and death***
A GREAT article on radon & CO2 for you all to check out: http://tinyurl.com/yc4defq
Cancer survivors vs radon: http://www.cansar.org/
To check out bob Carlson's blog: http://rlcarlson.wordpress.com/
Safeguard Home Inspection Services Inc.
Wow....LOTS of information packed into this 30 minute show!! I can't wait to have Bob & Dana on as guests again to talk carbon monoxide!! Thanks for such a great chatroom today!!!...DeAnna