January Is National Radon Action Month
Winter is the best time to test buildings and homes for radon, so now is the time to finalize your education and outreach efforts for January 2017 and beyond. To protect the lives of all Americans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month.
What is National Radon Action Month About?
Raising Awareness, Reducing Risk, Saving Lives. National Radon Action Month is a time when state and local radon programs, non-profit organizations, the radon industry, and others join EPA to ramp up efforts and results.
Radon can be deadly, but the message you are delivering to your community is a hopeful one because testing for radon and addressing the risk can save lives.
Our collective efforts during National Radon Action Month will go a long way toward building and maintaining radon outreach successes and risk reduction results throughout the year.
Who Should Participate?
Individuals, organizations, and groups concerned about public health and lung cancer.
What Is the Goal?
To increase public awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.
Ultimately, the goal is to save lives from radon-induced lung cancer
What is Radon?
A radioactive gas naturally released from rock, soil, and water. This deadly gas can accumulate to dangerous levels inside buildings. We can’t see, smell, or taste radon. For these reasons, it can be a problem in any home, school, or building across the country.
What is the Problem?
Radon could turn into a serious health problem if not addressed correctly. When radon gas enters homes and buildings through cracks and openings on the lower levels, it can accumulate to a dangerous amount. The result of extended exposure to it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Plus, it is the primary cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Radon is found all over the United States. No area is free from risk. Colorado is no exception to the rule.
What is the Solution?
Test your home or building for radon. It is the only way to find out if you have a radon problem, and if you find high levels of radon, it can be fixed.
You can test your own home for radon. Do-it-yourself test kits are available for purchase on-line or at home improvement stores, or you could hire a qualified radon service professional to test for radon in your home.
To fix your problem, locate radon mitigators in your area to help determine next steps for your home or building.
Absolute Radon Safety can help you fix radon problems in Colorado. Call us at (303) 880-0682.