January is Radon Action Month — Have you tested the air?

Exposure to radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers

Posted January 23, 2018

January is Radon Action Month, a time when EPA focuses on the risks of radon and the steps you can take to mitigate those risks. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is linked to thousands of lung cancer cases in the United States, and 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. In fact, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

During Radon Action Month, EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to test their homes, schools, and workplaces for the presence of radon. In addition, take action to protect yourself from radon by:

  1. Learning about how to test for radon. Purchase a radon test kit and/or contact your state radon program for more information.
  2. Remind friends and neighbors to test for radon.
  3. Buy or build a radon-resistant home. Look for homes constructed with radon-resistant techniques. If you are a builder, learn how to build radon-resistant buildings with EPA’s “Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Radon-Resistant Homes,” at www.epa.gov/radon.

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