There is a silent killer in the US, stealing 21,000 lives each year. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, yet it is present at some level in every home and building. Learning of this killer’s presence with a simple test is easy, and the EPA wants you to know about it. Naming January as National Radon Action Month, the US Environmental Protection Agency is determined to create awareness of the risk posed by radon gas in indoor environments, and how to avoid becoming a radon statistic.
Radon gas is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and smokers alike. A naturally occurring by-product of uranium, it seeps up through soil, rock, and water, escaping to the earth’s surface. Radon is not an issue if it dissipates into the outdoor environment. It becomes a problem, however, when the gas escapes from the earth into buildings through holes and cracks, where it accumulates to dangerous levels in enclosed environments. The odorless, colorless, radioactive gas enters the lungs with each breath, causing silent damage to important respiratory organs.
The more contaminated the air, the quicker the damage. The longer the exposure, the higher the risk. The most important lesson? Carry out a simple radon test to determine if action is necessary to reduce the levels of gas in the home.
The EPA would like to educate homeowners about the risk and inform homeowners and employers about simple ways to fix the problem. They urge learning about radon by taking the following steps:
More information is available online through the US EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-consumer-information – takeaction.
And remember, January may be Radon Action Month, but radon claims lives all year round. Protect your home from this silent killer by testing daily with a continuous radon monitor like the Corentium Home or Airthings Wave. Only when you understand your radon gas levels, can you take the necessary steps to limit radon’s reach.