January has been designated National Radon Action Month by the Environmental Protection Agency to raise awareness and protect families against the dangers of radon. With more deaths from this colorless, odorless gas than from drunk driving, it’s wise to take some time to learn more about it and take action to lower your family’s exposure in the home.
Radon, a cancer-causing gas that can reach toxic levels in your home, is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Many victims never even picked up a cigarette. And even more frightening is the idea that at this moment, you may not even know you have a problem. That’s why it’s so important to test your home for radon. January is National Radon Action Month and there’s never been a better time to find out if you’re at risk.
Radon is formed when the chemical element uranium naturally decays in soil, rock, and water. As it breaks down, tiny radioactive particles are released into the air. These particles enter and become trapped in your lungs as you breathe, increasing your risk of developing lung cancer.
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. Continue reading