Radon levels can soar during the colder months when residents keep windows closed and spend more time indoors. As many as 22,000 people die from lung cancer each year in the United States from exposure to indoor radon.
EPA Administrator Steve Johnson urges Americans to heed January as National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the country, indoor radon gas. Approximately one home in 15 across the nation has unacceptably high radon levels; in some areas of the country, as many as one out of two homes has high levels
Test your home for radon — it’s easy and inexpensive.
Fix your home if your radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
- Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced.
- Read EPA’s “Citizen’s Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon.”
For more information about radon testing, call EPA’s hotline at 800-SOS-RADON or visit EPA’s radon web site.
Article courtesy of EPA.gov