National Radon Action Month
Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, claiming the lives of 21,000 American lives each year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Surgeon General urge people to test their homes, schools, and buildings for radon, which is easy and relatively inexpensive. If high levels of radon are detected in your home, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and family. To spread awareness about this serious problem that often goes undetected, January is being heralded as National Radon Action Month.
A radioactive gas found in nearly all types of soil, radon cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. The only way to detect this carcinogenic is through using a radon-specific testing kit. Radon can move from the ground and into the cracks of homes’ foundation, which becomes built up over time. The presence of radon may even make a home uninhabitable once it reaches toxic levels, creating serious health problems. While there are no immediate symptoms resulting from radon exposure, there is still a risk of developing lung cancer 5-25 years later.
To prevent unnecessary exposure, test your homes and buildings for radon by purchasing a radon-testing kit and encourage family and friends to do the same. If radon is detected in the home, there are both short-and long-term solutions to the problem. One potential short-term solution is to air out the home and ensure proper ventilation, but this fix is only temporary. If the radon is not taken care of properly, there is a risk that it may return and build up in the home again. To help ensure that the radon does not return, contact a professional to address the issue in your home immediately.
A common question is whether tenants are able to take legal action against their property owner if they became ill due to radon exposure, and the answer is yes. If a tenant gets sick from the exposure, a property owner is not protected from liability by claiming they were unaware of the issue. Property owners are responsible to ensure a tenant’s home is safe and habitable, which includes testing for radon.
Landlords that fail to test or take immediate action to address the radon problem may face serious legal implications. If you or a loved one have fallen ill due to radon exposure in a rental home or apartment, the experienced attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are available to help you take legal action against the property owner. Our attorneys are focused on helping you receive the compensation you deserve after suffering health issues due to radon exposure. Contact one of our attorneys today to discuss your options and receive a free consultation.