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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Radon Testing

Our area is known to hold high hazards of radon poisoning.  My parents-in-law and husband died of cancer far too young.  One thing they had in common was living in the same tall home with a basement.  Radon exposure 15-20 years ago is one possible culprit.  Our current home has now been tested for radon.  We will have results in a few days.  Regardless of the outcome, we are going to have a company come install radon release pipes and other safety measures.  I am not taking chances with the health of my children and myself.  I will not take these calculated risks with my children.

Just two days ago, our North Clackamas School District sent out a letter recommending every single home be tested for radon.  Radon poisoning symptoms resemble those of lung cancer: a persistent cough that doesn't get better, difficulty breathing, chest pain, the coughing up of blood, wheezing, hoarseness and recurring respiratory infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis.  (Another culprit of non-smoker's lung cancer may be asbestos in old buildings.)

I appreciate having information on radon testing and treatment to clean our home's air.  I appreciate taking steps toward our family's long term health.  

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