Radon Gas & Cigarettes have a lot more in common than people think. “I don’t smoke, I don’t have to worry about lung cancer.” It’s a phrase we hear all too often. The truth is, cigarettes aren’t the only way to get lung cancer. In the United States, the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers is Radon Gas.
Radon Induced Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates almost 223,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. 10-15% of those diagnosis will be in nonsmokers. Lung cancer in nonsmokers is more common than people realize. It is actually the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Lung cancer in non-smokers is the 6th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Radon gas causes 27,000 deaths each year.
Lung Cancer is Preventable
Just like somebody can make the choice not to smoke, people can make the choice to test their homes for radon. Radon gas is invisible, tasteless and odorless. Since it is out of sight, it is often out of mind. However, a simple radon test can tell you whether or not you have high levels of radon in your home. This test could prevent over half of radon induced lung cancer deaths each year. But too few people test their homes.
Radon is Fixable
There is good news. If you do test your home and your results come back high, it is possible to reduce your levels of radon. An active radon mitigation system installed by a licensed Radon Technician will dramatically reduce your levels of radon. These systems are non-invasive, barely noticeable, life-saving tools. Trinity Radon is happy to walk you through the radon reduction process. Give our offices a call today: 630-499-1492.
Radon gas & cigarettes both cause cancer. End the stigma which portrays lung cancer as a smoker’s disease – get the word out about radon!
May is Electrical Safety Month. As we wrap up May and charge full speed into summer, it’s important to take a moment to check some important things around your home and business. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi) has put together a great list of resources that remind you how to prevent electrocutions and reduce your risk of a home fire.
Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, electrical safety should be a top priority in your home. Awareness of electrical hazards is the key to reducing the staggering number of electrically-related home fires, injuries and deaths that occur every year.
Prevent Electrical Overloads – Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.
Extension Cord Safety – Roughly 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overhead and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace.
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Working smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a home fire, but there is more you need to do to ensure your family is prepared to safely escape from a fire emergency.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Electrical Safety – Review ESFI recommendations and safety tips before you decide to tackle electrical projects in your home.
Virtual Home – Take a tour of ESFI’s interactive virtual home for a visual introduction to your home electrical system and safety tips for using common electrical devices.
Electrical Safety Videos – ESFI’s video library contains a wide variety of safety videos that demonstrate critical home electrical safety concepts and tips. Many videos are also available in Spanish.
Home Safety Checklists – Use these easy checklists to help you identify and correct electrical and fire hazards in your home before a serious incident occurs.
Need a professional to take a look? Let Trinity Electrical give you a hand. We are licensed, bonded & insured with over 20 years of experience in the electrical field. The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer. Give our offices a call today: 630-499-1492.
Do you care about Radon?
You should. Radon is deadly. It claims the lives of 21,000 people every year in the United States alone. That averages to almost 60 deaths each day, or 2 deaths every hour.
If you don’t care about radon, you don’t know that it is naturally occurring. Radon is the result of uranium breaking down in the rocks and soil. It then presents as a radioactive gas, which is cancer causing. The worst part about not caring about radon is that you might not know that it CAN be fixed!
Even thought it is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, you can detect radon. There are two types of tests you can conduct. One is a short term test and one is a long term test. You can read more about the differences of these two tests by clicking here. You will know if you need to install a radon mitigation system if your levels are higher than the EPA’s action limit of 4.0 pCi/L. These systems help reduce the levels of radon in your home by redirecting it outside. Once outside, the radon is diluted by the air.
Radon mitigation systems should be installed by a licensed radon mitigation professional. The state of Illinois does not allow companies to test & mitigate radon. This keeps companies from having a conflict of interest. A radon tester will never tell you that you have a higher level of radon just so they can perform a mitigation, because they CANNOT perform a mitigation!
A licensed radon mitigation professional will develop a custom system for your home. The system, if installed properly, will reduce the levels of radon in your home below the action level.
Are you looking for somebody who cares about radon? Trinity Electrical & Radon Mitigation is the company for you! We care about radon and the safety of your family. Give us a call today: 630-499-1492.