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Friday, January 24th by Mary Smith
In observance of National Radon Action Month, National Radon Defense was recently featured on WOWTV 6 News, Omaha's NBC affiliate news channel. Reporter Katie Stukey interviewed Curt Drew, owner and president of National Radon Defense, discussing the dangers of radon gas and the benefits of radon mitigation.
With headquarters in Omaha, NE, Drew and his team are well aware of the dangers of radon. Iowa claims the highest concentration of radon gas in the U.S., while the eastern part of Nebraska also has elevated levels, and the entire U.S. is sees a variety of radon levels.
"We get calls every day here at National Radon Defense from companies around the country that are in the service industry and have people asking them about radon and how do I prevent radon and they contact us," Drew told WOWTV 6 News. "We bring 'em to Omaha, we train 'em in how to mitigate radon and test radon. It's a very growing industry."
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is blamed for an estimated 15 percent of lung cancer deaths nationwide or as many as 30,000 deaths each year. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that seeps into buildings through cracks in the foundation and can rise to dangerous levels when stuck in a tight, enclosed space. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a safe radon level is below 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).
After a radon test is conducted and elevated levels of radon are found, a radon mitigation system can be installed to return levels to normal. Drew explained that radon mitigation involves pulling radon to suction point and releasing it out of the building and into the atmosphere where it's safe.
National Radon Defense is an international network of leading radon professionals who strive to provide their local customers with the best value in radon measurement and mitigation services. The network's certified radon experts all across North America receive extensive on-going training to provide customers with unmatched solutions to their radon issues. National Radon Defense is the world's most trusted source of radon measurement and mitigation services.