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Mercy Medical Center and Siouxland District Health Promote Radon Awareness
Start Date
01/26/2012
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Is radon lurking in your home? Mercy Medical Center and the Siouxland District Health Department are joining forces to increase consumer awareness of the dangers of radon gas.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that causes no immediate health symptoms, but long-term exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U. S. Most alarming, Iowa has the highest percentage of homes with elevated radon levels in the nation. Each year, more than 20,000 Americans lose their lives because of radon.

Radon is a breakdown product of uranium found in soil, rocks and water and seeps into homes from soil under and around a home. It can also enter through cracks in the foundation, floor or walls, through hollow-block walls and through openings around floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. Radon doesn't discriminate; it can be found in new homes, old homes and in homes with or without basements.
The most effective way to protect your family is with a radon test kit, available for only $5 at Siouxland District Health in Sioux City. The tests are simple and easy to use and the kits provide a baseline number so you know the radon level in your home. If the radon level in your home is above recommended levels, you can fix the problem. The cost of making repairs to reduce the radon level depends on several factors including how your home was built. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs like painting or having a new hot water heater installed.

For more information, stop by Siouxland District Health, located at 1014 Nebraska Street in Sioux City, or call the Iowa Radon Hotline at 800-383-5992

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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