(Des Moines) January is radon action month in Iowa proclaimed by Governor Terry Branstad. Gail Orcutt of the Iowa Radon Coalition says a main goal is to promote testing of all homes, regardless of when they were built.
“The age of the home doesn’t matter, the foundation of the home doesn’t matter, it could be a slab, a cross face or a basement, it just absolutely doesn’t matter, and Iowans need to test every two years,” stated Orcutt. “You can test when you buy your home and it can be fine, but five-years later you could have a serious problem.”
Orcutt, of Pleasant Hill, was diagnosed with lung cancer in her 50’s, she was a non-smoker, and it was determined the cancer was caused by high levels of radon. The coalition is asking state lawmakers to support radon-resistant home construction, and mandate radon testing when buying or renting a home.
Iowa Radio Network
January 11, 2013