January is Radon Action Month, a vital time to focus on the silent threat of radon gas in homes. Radon, an odorless and colorless gas, is a leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Originating from natural uranium decay in soil, rock, and water, radon can seep into buildings, posing serious health risks.
Why Testing for Radon is Crucial
Radon levels vary greatly between homes, even in the same neighborhood. The only way to detect radon is through testing, as it’s invisible and symptomless. Home testing kits, available at hardware stores, are easy to use and inexpensive. They should be placed in the lowest living area of your home, with results sent to a lab for analysis.
Taking Action Against High Radon Levels
If your home tests above the EPA’s action level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), it’s important to act. Professional radon mitigation can effectively reduce radon levels, making your home safer.
Awareness Leads to Safety
This Radon Action Month, take the simple yet crucial step of testing your home. Addressing radon can safeguard your health, making awareness and action key. Remember, testing is the only way to know if your home is at risk. Make this month the time to ensure a healthier living environment.