Oct. 15 – 21 is Federal Radon Action Week according to the U.S. Surgeon General, and health agencies through the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute have all agreed that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during this month’s awareness drive.
Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon, and millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to the dangerous gas. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon – and fix it 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 United States, and it has 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, the EPA and Surgeon General urge home owners to take action by contacting your local radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.