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Non-smoker lung cancer survivor urges homeowners to test for radon

Non-smoker lung cancer survivor urges homeowners to test for radon

"It scared my family. They thought I was going to die, and so did I," said Kim Buchmeier, who says she's never smoked a day in her life, yet she still got lung cancer.

She attributes her illness to a high level of radon in her home.

"If it smelled like rotten eggs," she said, "wouldn't we all be worried and start testing if you had that smell?"

Buchmeier built her own home and never thought to get it tested.

She spoke at conference about radon Thursday in Omaha.

Experts met to discuss its dangers.

"It's a naturally occurring gas coming from the soil and it's always going to be coming up," said Curt Drew, the president of the National Radon Defense

Radon is colorless and odorless.

The American Lung Association says radon is the second leading cause of lung caner.

You can find test kits at most hardware stores.

I found this one for $16.99.

Keller Williams reator Jan Nicola always recommends her clients to test for it.

She showed FOX42 News reporter Steve Saunders what's called a "radon mitigation system"

It's something that runs in the basement and outside the home and brings the radon down to a harmless level.

"Anything over a 4.0 can be dangerous," said Nicola.

Buchmeier said her home was at 29.9 before she installed a mitigation system.

She's now cancer free and uses her story to get the word out about radon.

"Don't guest test," she said. "Know your number."

Resources:
http://www.lung.org/local-content/_content-items/our-initiatives/current-initiatives/mpor-radon-awareness.html
https://www.epa.gov/radon

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