January has been designated as National Radon Action Month by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There are many risks that come from radon, and this consumer information month is designed to inform homeowners, businesses, and schools about ways they can protect themselves.
One of the reasons why radon is dangerous is because it can’t be seen or smelled – even though it may be inside a building and at dangerous levels. It's the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in the United States. In fact, it’s responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths every year. The US Surgeon General and the EPA are urging everyone to protect themselves by having their homes, businesses, and schools tested for radon. This is something that is entirely preventable. If high radon levels are detected inside a home or any other building, steps can be taken in order to reduce the levels and prevent injuries and illnesses.
As a homeowner, you can perform certain activities to check for radon. One of the first things you can do is test your home which is an easy and inexpensive process. You can find radon gas testing services around your area using HomeAdvisor.com. Home builders are also beginning to use radon-resistant materials within new construction, and you can ask builders if they use these when you plan to buy a new home. The EPA has an array of free publications for National Radon Action Month, including event planning kits. Plus, there are events taking place throughout the country that are intended to provide you with radon prevention tips and best practices.
It’s a good idea to do what you can to spread the word. Not everyone knows about radon, what it is, and why it’s dangerous. Inform your family, friends, and even plan a community event so you can help raise awareness.