National Radon Action Month (January)
January is designated as National Radon Action Month, by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). You can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert radioactive gas. It is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Naturally existing, low levels of uranium occur widely in Earth's crust. It can be found in all 50 states. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.
Test, Fix, Save a Life
Four Things You Can Do During National Radon Action Month:
- Test your home
- Attend National Radon Action Month event in your area – or put one together for your community
- Spread the Word
- Buy a Radon resistant home
The below link will tell you the story of lung cancer survivor, Eddie Metcalfe. On the day of his diagnosis, he bought a radon test kit and tested his home. His house tested positive for elevated radon levels.
The above information was obtained from the EPA website.
Article provided by Dana Breeding, RN Health Educator with Community Outreach.