EPA URGES HOME RADON TEST THIS JANUARY FOR NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH

Posted 01/18/2018

National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil, and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings.  January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil, and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings. Radon can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

Millions of homes in the United States have elevated levels of radon. Because radon gas is invisible and odorless, the only way to know if a house, school or other building has a radon problem is to get the building tested.

Although testing for radon is easy and inexpensive, only one in five homeowners have tested their homes for radon. The EPA is encouraging Americans to test their homes for radon and to fix elevated levels to prevent lung cancer.

Radon test kits are available at hardware stores, home improvement centers and online. Kits usually cost around $20.00 and come with easy to use testing and mailing instructions.

To learn more about radon visit https://epa.gov/radon.

Test, Fix and Save a Life.