January is National Radon Action Month

From the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

You can’t see, physician smell, or taste radon, ambulance but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year.

In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

 

 

Four Things You Can Do During National Radon Action Month:

1 Test your home – EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive. Learn more about testing your home, including how to obtain an easy-to-use test kit- Click here

 

2 Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area – Look for radon events in your community. Contact your state radon program for more information about local radon activities- Click here

 

3Spread the word- Spend time during National Radon Action Month encouraging others to learn about radon and test their homes.

  • Tell your family and friends about the health risk of radon. Encourage them to test their homes.
  • Plan an activity in your community to help raise awareness. Use EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit as a guide- Click here
  • Write an op-ed or letter to the editor. View tips and a sample op-ed and letter to the editor from EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit- Click here
  • Attract media attention by working with a local official to get a radon proclamation. View tips and a sample proclamation from EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit- Click here

 

4Buy a radon-resistant home – If you are considering buying a new home, look for builders who use radon-resistant new construction. Read more about radon-resistant new construction, “Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Radon-Resistant Homes”- Click here

Contact your state radon program for information about radon testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction in your area- Click here