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Home Safety: Protect Your Family from Radon Risks

Like every homeowner, your family’s health and safety is a one of your top priorities. You’ve installed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in every room, and have invested in many safety features, but have you considered the threat possible radon in your home can threaten your family’s health?

Lung cancer caused by radon is the leading cause of non-smoker lung cancer deaths in the United States, claiming approximately 21,000 lives per year. Radon exposure is a preventable health risk – eliminating unnecessary exposure by testing radon levels and mitigation is relatively easy.

What is radon?

Radon is a natural radioactive gas, produced by uranium decaying in soil, rock and water. It is in the air you read and when it’s trapped inside your home or other building, the gas can build up to dangerous levels. Because it is invisible, tasteless and has no odor, there may be dangerous levels of it in your home without your knowledge.

What can I do about radon?

There are actions you can take to ensure your family’s safety and health, according to the EPA:

Test your home. The U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommend radon testing for all homes in the U.S.
Attend a radon awareness event. January has been designated National Radon Action Month by the EPA– look for radon awareness events in your community, or view free EPA radon publications at their website.
Purchase a radon-resistant home. When buying a new home, look for radon-resistant building construction.

Radon testing

The only way to find out if your home or business has dangerous radon levels is to test for it. In fact, both the U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommends that all Americans test their homes and other buildings for radon to protect their health. If high radon levels are detected there are simple steps you can take to fix the problem. Radon testing kits and radon monitors are offered by several organizations and are available at local hardware stores. A radon test will show the current radar levels present, while a radon monitor allows you to monitor levels throughout the year.

What if my indoor radon levels are high?

If testing shows that the radon levels in your home or water are too high, don’t panic. Professional residential and commercial radon mitigation specialists such as S.W.A.T. Environmental provide services and installation of systems to reduce your indoor radon gas levels and keep your family healthy and safe.

Back Pains, Aging and Discomforts

I noticed experiencing back pains when I pushed mid-30’s. It was not so pronounced then. The pain become a bit intense as I pushed 40. I am not sure if I can attribute all this pain to bad sitting posture in the office, wrong bed mattress or old age. I consider 40 as a young age to feel so many back discomfort and yet, the signs are evident.

The back pain I feel comes and goes. I noticed it is more painful when I sleep in a prone position. The mattress we have is not the top-of-the-line orthopedic kind but it was good and firm at first. I suppose a change of mattress is in the offing if my back continue to ache. However, I need to have it checked by a physician for more specific prognosis. Meanwhile, I am also checking great websites like Parentgiving.com for more information on ways to provide comfort when feeling back pains and other discomforts.

Photo credit: parentgiving.com

I checked the mattress section of their site and found this memory foam which responds to weight and temperature. My back ache can be attributed to my weight gain as well since I ballooned tremendously in the span of 4 years. I need a firm support for my back to be able to ease the pain when lying down or sitting for long period of time.

There are other interesting products in the site. They are great for mobility and home care geared for the elders. Not only did I get so many interesting product information from their site, I also learned basic information on care-giving, home and bath safety, aging, incontinence and other matters relevant to geriatric care. Their resources provide valuable information which can be helpful for people with pain and discomfort and those who are taking care of their senior love ones. Check out their site at http://www.parentgiving.com for more product information and access to health care resources.

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