National Radon Month promotes awareness, saves lives
Jan. 29, 2013 — National Radon Month, in January each year, is focused on raising awareness about the dangers of high radon levels in homes. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the world, along with smoking and secondhand smoke. Home testing, awareness of the dangers of radon and lung cancer prevention are the goals of National Radon Month. Radon maps show where the gas is most prevalent in the United States. Areas where radon levels are highest require more frequent testing and more preventative measures be taken.
National Radon Month 2013 is a good time to assess your home to determine whether repairs are necessary and to learn more about the dangers of this odorless, invisible gas and its effects on the body. Since radon is found in the soil, air and water supplies, it is important to look for ways to increase clean air inside the home and test local water wells. National Radon Month literature can help you find local testing experts to assist you in determining the radon levels in your water supply. Raising community awareness can be accomplished using federal resources.
Early awareness of potentially high radon levels can eliminate the health risks associated with the gas. National Radon Month also includes federal action to prevent radon in HUD homes, federal buildings and other government properties. Individuals and organizations can also access information and resources to reduce radon levels in daycares, educational facilities and in residential homes.
Residents and business owners may find radon testing is available at reduced cost during National Radon Month. With the costs of tests significantly reduced, more families can afford to have their homes and water sources tested. Radon is elevated in as many as one-third of homes in some states. Testing and taking action to reduce radon is particularly important when small children live in the home. Make plans for home improvements that reduce radon levels, and set your calendar ahead for annual radon testing each year to ensure levels are below four picocuries per liter to reduce the risk of lung cancer. Taking simple, affordable steps now can lead to better health in the future.
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