Did you know that radon is associated with more deaths annually than any other in-home hazard? Yup, radon is more of a threat to your family than house fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning, poisoning, falls and even guns! Furthermore, radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers. All-in-all, the World Health Organization reports that annually, radon is responsible for approximately 20,000 deaths in the U.S. and 100,000 deaths worldwide. Radon is not a pretty picture. Thankfully, January is National Radon Action Month, which means it’s the perfect time to test your home for radon.
If you think your home is tidy and eco-friendly and could in no way have a radon issue, you couldn’t be more wrong. Radon is a naturally occurring health hazard, present in almost all rock and all soil and water. Any home, even newly built homes, may contain deadly levels of radon. In fact, the EPA notes that over 8 million U.S. homes, or one in 15, are affected by dangerously high levels of radon gas. You can’t see or smell radon – it’s an invisible threat – so you have to test for it. The EPA recommends testing every two years.
To locate a qualified radon service professional to test or mitigate your home, or to find a radon test kit visit the EPA radon test and fix page. If you have more questions about radon, contact your State Radon contact or call the Radon Hotline.