Monday, January 14, 2013

EPA pushing home radon testing for 2013: Elevated levels found in 1 of every 15 homes in the U.S.

As part of National Radon Action Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging Americans to test and fix radon problems to help prevent lung cancer and potentially save lives.

“Testing for radon is one of the easiest and smartest things people can do to protect their homes and families from this serious health risk,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. “Addressing high radon levels greatly reduces exposure to the second leading cause of lung cancer.”

Radon occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in the soil and can accumulate to dangerous levels inside the home. Elevated levels of the colorless, odorless gas are the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Elevated levels of this health hazard in workplaces, homes, schools, and other buildings can be prevented through these simple steps:

  • Test: All buildings with or without basements should be tested for radon. Affordable Do-It-Yourself radon test kits are available online and at home improvement and hardware stores, or a qualified radon tester can be hired.
  • Fix: EPA recommends taking action to fix radon levels at or above 4 picoCuries per Liter (pCi/L) and contacting a qualified radon-reduction contractor.
  • Save a Life: 21,000 Americans die from radon related lung cancer each year, but by addressing elevated levels, you can help prevent lung cancer while creating a healthier home and community.

More on how to test, find a qualified radon professional, obtain a test kit or contact your state radon office: or call 1-800-SOS-RADON

1 comment:

  1. My wife saw this on the news and harassed me about testing our home. I was skeptical since our home is only about 5 years old. But we did happen to test positive with the at home kit. I called a professional that day and had them come out. I was surprised at how affordable the radon solution was. It was nice to find out especially after finding out about the unexpected problem.