Check yourself and protect yourself from radon. January is Radon Action Month, which is a great time to raise awareness about this invisible radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Radon is the #1 environmental cause of cancer deaths and the #2 cause of lung cancer deaths. Since you can’t smell or see radon, testing your home is the only way to determine if you are living with high levels of this dangerous gas.
Here’s what the EPA has to say about protecting yourself and your family:
“January is national Radon Action Month and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages everyone to test their homes for radon. January is an especially good time to test homes and schools because windows and doors are closed tightly and people spend more time indoors.
Unsafe levels of radon can lead to serious illness. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States with an estimated 21,000 deaths a year. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. By making simple fixes in a home or building people can lower their health risks from radon.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas; so testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home or school. Test kits are available in home improvement centers and hardware stores and costs approximately $20. The kits are simple to use with easy testing and mailing instructions.
Make the commitment to protect your family. Test for radon. Fix the problem if you find elevated radon levels. Save a life!”
Check out helpful links and tips on finding test kits, learning about the health hazards, and even how it can affect your business on EPA’s site here: https://www.epa.gov/radon