Radon is a gas you cannot smell, taste, or see, and it is literally everywhere. Did you know that Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers? It is responsible for over 21,000 deaths every single year in the United States alone. Despite it being so deadly, very few families are aware of its dangers and do not take the proper steps in making sure their home is safe from Radon.
In order to raise awareness, the EPA started proclaiming that January is National Radon Awareness month. Here are a few fast facts about Radon, what you can do to protect your own family, and then what you can do to raise awareness about Radon to those around you.
Radon Facts (The Bad)
Your home’s Radon levels are constantly changing. This means that you may have had Radon testing in your home a few years ago and your Radon levels may have been low, but if you are not testing your home at least once every two years, you may be living in a Radon-dense home
The EPA recommends home owners take action when Radon levels are over 4.0 pCi/Ls. Some areas, like Pittsburgh, Colorado, and Iowa have average Radon levels well above the 4.0 recommended action level
Radon Facts (The Good)
Continue to test- To ensure your home continues to stay safe from Radon, continue to test your home once every two years to ensure your Radon levels are still low, and your Radon mitigation system is working properly
How Can You Raise Radon Awareness?
Radon is deadly, and is claiming more and more lives every year. However, there are still not enough families educated on what Radon is and the damage it can do. Taking the proper steps to raise awareness about Radon and its harmful effects will help save more lives. Here are a few things you can do to raise awareness to your friends, family, or community:
Tell your community- Whether it is a school, church, or other type of group gathering, the more people aware of Radon, the more lives we can save. Getting more people involved in the fight against Radon is the best way to raise awareness. Informing people of their area's average Radon levels is typically a great place to start!
Radon is a serious concern and does not have the attention that other home dangers like asbestos or lead paint have. However, Radon is even more deadly and is not something to be taken lightly. January is National Radon Awareness Month in order to promote the harm that Radon causes families. The number of lives Radon is claiming continues to grow, and the only way we can win the fight against Radon is to take the proper steps to keep our own families safe, and then encourage others to do the same.
Home Radon Pros is a Radon company in Pittsburgh, PA. Home Radon Pros strives to educate as many families, schools, communities, and business we can in order to save lives from the dangers of Radon. We personally lost loved ones to Radon and have since worked to prevent other families from going through the turmoil we had to. Be smart and be safe, test for Radon.