Even though you can’t see, smell, or taste radon, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t present in your home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas, is the cause of more than 21,000 deaths each year. Moreover, it is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States—second only to smoking—and most people have no idea they are at risk.
The EPA has officially designated January as National Radon Action Month. So what better time than now to check your home for radon and start improving the health of your home and your family? In fact, checking the radon levels in your home is a fairly painless and simple task.
One great way to place to start is by installing an indoor radon gas detector like the Safety Siren Pro Series 3 Radon Gas Detector. Meeting the EPA’s radon testing performance criteria, the Pro Series 3 accurately measures the naturally fluctuating radon levels in your home. These levels are measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L). An ideal radon level is 2 pCi/L, and anything 4 pCi/L or above is considered unhealthy.
Since the Safety Siren Pro Series3 continually monitors the presence of radon in your indoor environment, you can set the LED display to show either the short-term average radon level (the average reading over seven days) or the long-term average level (the average reading since the last system reset). If either of these averages registers or exceeds 4 pCi/L, an alarm will chirp each hour until safe radon levels are restored.
If you discover unsafe levels of radon in your home, don’t fret. Radon levels can be lowered and the health of your indoor environment can be restored for about the same price as normal household repairs. The first step is to contact a qualified radon mitigation specialist or your state radon office. For more detailed information on working with radon contractors, installing a radon reduction system, living in a home with radon, and more, check out the EPA’s Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction.