January is National Radon Action Month. Health agencies throughout the U.S. have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. According to the American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Cancer Institute, radon is a national health problem. These agencies encourage you to test for radon during their January awareness drive.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to the dangerous gas. A recent Harvard University study ranks radon as America’s number one in-home hazard. By testing your home and taking simple steps to fix a radon problem, this hazard can be avoided.
Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S. It caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined. If your home hasn’t been tested for radon in the past two years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges you to take action. Contact your state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.
The federal commitment made by the EPA, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs will focus efforts on radon reduction and mitigation in homes, especially those of low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones.
Go to www.radonplan.org to learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan.
You can learn more about National Radon Action Month at www.radonmonth.org.