Oct. 17-24 is Federal Radon Action Week according to The Surgeon General. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America’s number one in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test a home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided.
Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S. It caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined!
If a home hasn’t been tested for radon in the past two years, EPA and the Surgeon General urge residents to take action. Contact a state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.
Learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan at www.RadonPlan.org.