January is recognized as National Radon Action Month and we are doing our part to raise awareness. First and foremost – what is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water. You can’t see, taste or small radon, but it could be present in your home! And, according to the EPA when you breathe radon-contaminated air, you increase your rick of getting lung cancer.
The EPA recommends testing for radon if any of the following are true:
The home was never tested
The home was tested more than two years ago
The home was renovated since it was last tested
You plan to occupy a lower level of the home than what was originally tested, such as the basement
Testing is easy, you can purchase home kit online or at the local hardware store or you can hire a qualified radon tester (often also a home inspector). If you find your home has high levels of radon, there are radon mitigation systems that can be installed. Remember your family is your most valued “possession.” Do your part and help spread awareness!