Archive for March, 2013
The Need for Radon Lung Cancer Regulation in Framingham
Framingham, Massachusetts residents are now going to get a nice boost to their safety if they rent a multi-family home. The U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, has just made a movement that will require all multi-family homes financed through HUD to have a radon test. Homes that test positively for radon gas will be required to have a radon mitigation system installed that will reduce the amount of radon gas that the tenants are breathing. This ensures that everyone in the home is safe.
If you have ever rented from a landlord in Framingham, then you know that depending on the landlord, maintenance and upkeep of the home can vary dramatically. Some landlords go above and beyond to provide immediate responses and maintenance of homes to ensure that you are not out any inconvenience, and that the home you are renting is safe, but this is not always the case. Also, we know that radon lung cancer may be one of the last things on their mind.
Somehow this deadly gas has been thrown to the wayside in terms of being considered a true threat and danger to your health. To put it in perspective, 21,000 people pass every year from radon gas in the form of radon lung cancer. Next to smoking, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. More people die each year from radon gas than drunk driving. What is the scariest fact is that this gas cannot be determined whether or not it is in your Framingham home without a test, as the gas is both odorless and colorless.
Regulation for Radon Lung Cancer
Luckily, the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group, which is comprised of several great organizations, work together to fight to improve the safety of homes throughout the nation. We take control of asbestos, and other harmful materials, but we let radon gas go unnoticed until now. The Federal Healthy Homes Work Group consists of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. With these organizations bonded together, they will be able to create even more initiatives that will help ensure that everyone, no matter of age, race, or sex, will be able to have a safe and healthy home which they deserve.
The American Lung Association is also very happy for the work that HUD has done to make such an effort to improve the safety and health of so many. This is the beginning of a movement to stop substandard safety and increase the healthiness of Framingham homes. The American Lung Association is also glad as an air purification system intended to remove radon gas will also help reduce the levels of other gases as it provides increased ventilation and reduces moisture. This helps remove other gases from your Framingham home. S.W.A.T. Environmental gives a big thank you to HUD for taking such a great stand.
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