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Thursday, February 17th by Samantha Walton
It's strange enough sharing a nightmare with one other person, but it's even stranger when 21,000 people become destined to never wake up again after having shared that same nightmare, the radon nightmare.
There aren't any symptoms until it's too late. And up until recently, the severity of such a nigh stalker had otherwise been detained. The word is out and the news is spreading.
Radon is a silent killer, but only to those not on the offensive. It's up to all of us to spread the word and test our homes, jobs, gyms, schools, and everywhere else we spend the majority of our time.
Here's an example of one family waking up during the nightmare, before it was too late.
The Morgans built a home about 20 years ago in a safe and quiet area that was seemingly perfect for raising their four children but what they hadn't known about their new home could have killed them.
It was only by chance, they said, that they even tested their home for radon. Not everyone is so lucky. But there's more. The Morgans received the results of their home's radon test, and the air within their basement walls measured a dangerous 87 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). This is nearly 22 times the action level set by the Environmental Protection Agency-- 4.0 pCi/L
Thankfully, this is a story with a happy ending. But, not many are so lucky because radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. In fact, it's the leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers, killing one person every 25 minutes; 21,000 a year.
What's wild is that, at those levels, the Morgans were potentially being exposed to dangers equivalent to smoking 217 cigarettes a day. 1 pCi/L of radon is equal to 2.5 cigarettes a day, and 2.5 times their radon level of 87 is 217! It's a miracle the Morgans were spared!
How many people are willing to test their chances? Are you?