January is National Radon Action Month. What is radon? It is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that can be released from rock, soil, and water. Radon can accumulate to dangerous levels inside homes, schools, and other buildings. The danger is that we cannot see, smell, or taste radon, so can be unaware of its impact without testing. The health implications are great. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and causes more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Radon information for individuals and families
Learn about the health risks, test kits and other radon information here.
Radon Resources for Home Buyers and Sellers
Not sure what you need to know when buying a new or used home, or selling your existing home? The EPA has many resources available for you to consult.
Radon in schools
Chances are you’ve already heard of radon – a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. But what you might not have heard is that high levels have been found in a number of schools across the country. Therefore, it is important that students, teachers and parents be aware that a potential problem could exist in their school. Learn more here.
Radon resources for builders and contractors
Click here to see the Builder and Contractor Resources for Radon-Resistant New Construction (RRNC) and other resources.
The above excerpts are from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website at https://www.epa.gov/radon.