Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation Enforced with New HUD Policy

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 06:03 PM
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Regulation on Radon Lung Cancer in Bedford, MA

Radon Lung CancerNew regulations set in place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will guarantee a safer environment for many renting a multi-family home. If you already own a home in Bedford, MA, then hopefully you have already made the smart decision to have your home tested for radon gas to protect from radon lung cancer. As the home is tested, hopefully you will be able to say that your home is radon free, but if not, then you should have a mitigation system installed, which will reduce radon lung cancer.

Many who know the dangers of radon gas will go ahead and make sure that an air purification system is in place to reduce the levels of radon gas throughout their home. Whether or not this is done is the homeowner’s choice. Renters are rarely given the ability to have a say in what should and should not be done to the home they are renting, which leaves them out of luck when their safety is on the line. Of course when we rent a home, we always sign a lease that may or may not have a language written to protect our safety, but this language is not always in the renter’s favor.

Stats on Radon Lung Cancer in Bedford

Radon gas is one of the deadliest gases killing 21,000 people each and every year. As the gas is created in the soil beneath a Bedford home, it only grows in concentration as it seeps through the foundation and into your home. The water supply may be another area that is infecting your home. This gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking, which means it is one of the most serious threats to the American Lung Association.

Fortunately, HUD has provided serious efforts that are going to make an impact. HUD is now requiring that all homes financed through HUD will need to have a radon test. Homes that are not financed through HUD will not be applicable. If a home has test results that show high levels of radon gas, then a mitigation system will be required to lower the levels of radon gas.

The American Lung Association is extremely pleased with the work HUD has done to improve the safety of so many homes in Bedford, and across America. Living in Bedford, the radon levels may be a little bit higher in some areas, so this is very relevant to our city.

HUD has started a movement that will hopefully transfer to other organizations. HUD currently has an alliance with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. If all of these organizations combine their efforts, we will be able to make a national change to improve substandard safety in homes across America, and make every home in America radon gas free, one at a time.

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