Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless radioactive gas found in rock, soil, and water, and is relatively harmless outdoors. It can enter homes and buildings through cracks and holes in the foundation, becoming trapped and building up which creates a health hazard. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and claims the lives of around 21,000 Americans yearly.
January 2017 is National Radon Action Month sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The goal of National Radon Action Month is to increase public awareness of radon, encourage radon testing and mitigation, and promote the use of radon-resistant construction techniques.
During this month, you are encouraged to test your home for radon using a simple radon testing kit. You can find more information about radon test kits here. Another option is to hire a qualified testing or mitigation contractor in your area to professionally perform the test.
If you are in the market for a new home, the EPA advises that you look for a radon-resistant one. Check out these companies that use radon-resistant construction techniques.
Furthermore, you can help spread the word about the dangers of radon by participating in special events and activities in your community. Contact your municipality or county to learn about local events. EPA’s website provides a variety of information and materials to help you plan and implement your own radon outreach activities.
Spread the word, get involved, and be part of the national effort to reduce radon exposure!