What is Radon Action Month?
January is Radon Action Month, a health campaign to educate the public about the health dangers of radon exposure, as well as the measures that all individuals can take to protect their families. During this month, agencies will encourage consumers to test their home, inform others about radon dangers, and learn about building radon-resistant homes.
Colorado Radon Information
- Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L).
- The average indoor radon level in homes in Colorado is 6.7 pCi/L.
- The EPA recommends a home should be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher. 50% of homes in Colorado have radon levels above 4 pCi/L, thus Colorado is ranked 7th in the nation for radon levels above 4 pCi/L.
- A home is recommended to be tested every 2-3 years.
- Simple, inexpensive, DIY test kits should be utilized to test radon levels, and they take 48-96 hours to complete.
- If test results are high, a mitigation system can be installed and should be done so as soon as possible.
- All 64 Colorado counties are at high risk for radon exposure, so you can click here to see where your home falls.
Radon Causes Lung Cancer
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
- This deadly gas is the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
- Longterm exposure to radon significantly increases the risk of lung cancer.
- A home with 4pCi/L is equivalent to an individual smoking 8 cigarettes a day.
- At 4pCi/L, 7 in 1,000 neversmokers, as well as 62 in 1,000 smokers, die of radon-related lung cancer.
- About 13% of all US lung cancer deaths were radon-related 2003.
- CDPHE recommends that all homes be tested.
Take Action Today!
EPA’s National Radon Action Month Web pages are just a click away. Find more resources here.
January is the time to Test, Fix, Save a Life.
You can join Colorado in doing something about the risk of radon-caused lung cancer. Take action by decreasing environmental exposures as well as testing your home for radon. If your home tests high for radon, you can act now and find a certified radon contractor, such as Absolute Radon Safety, to install a mitigation system in Colorado.