January is National Radon Action Month. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year." The best way to protect yourself and others is to regularly test for radon in your home, office, and other buildings.
What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that is odorless and tasteless. It is naturally released from rocks, soil, and water and can get trapped inside of buildings and build up in the air. Build up over time can cause radon to reach dangerous levels. The EPA estimates that about 8 million homes throughout the United States have elevated levels of radon. Since the gas is undetectable by human senses, it is crucial to test your home regularly.
Five Things You Can do During National Radon Action Month from the EPA
- Test your home
- Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area
- Spread the word
- Spend time during National Radon Action Month encouraging others to learn about radon and test their homes.
- Buy a radon-resistant home
For more information, visit EPA.gov.