National Radon Action Month
January is National Radon Action Month.
Radon is produced when uranium in soil, rock and water breaks down and gets into the air. It can be found anywhere in the United States and sneaks into homes and buildings through places like cracks in floors and gaps around pipes. You cannot see, smell or taste radon gas, but it can be dangerous to your health. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the United States.
Viewer Tip: Winter is a good time to test your home for radon. When windows and doors are sealed tightly, radon levels inside your home can rise. Plus, people generally spend more time inside at this time of year, increasing risk of exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General encourage everyone in the United States to test their homes for radon gas during the month of January.
A qualified professional can test your home or you can order a do-it-yourself test kit. More information about each of these options is available at www.epa.gov/radon/radontest.html.
If you find out there are dangerous levels of radon in your home, EPA’s Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction: How to Fix Your Home can help you get started on finding a solution: www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html.
(Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “January is National Radon Action Month.” http://www.epa.gov/radon/nram/)