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Protect Your Health: Test Your Home for Radon

January Is National Radon Action Month

(January 5, 2015)

This month, take time to test your home for the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States: radon.

Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that often builds up to dangerous levels inside homes, schools and other buildings. But, because radon is invisible and odorless, it cannot be detected without specific testing.

Nearly 1 out of 15 homes may have hazardous radon levels, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Any home can have radon, regardless if the home is new or old. High radon levels have been found in every state.

A Simple Test Could Save Your Life

The first step is to test your home for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive, and it’s the only way to find out if your home has unsafe radon levels.

Start with a low-cost, do-it-yourself radon testing kit. Short-term tests take just a few days and give a quick look at radon concentrations. Long-term tests provide a more accurate assessment of the levels in a home. Learn more from EPA about how to find a radon test kit.

Fixing High Radon Levels

What if the tests show your home has high radon? Don't worry—you can fix the problem.

Repairs focus first on steps to keep radon from coming into your home. A variety of methods can work, from sealing cracks in floors and walls, to changing the flow of air into your home.

If you're building a new home or remodeling, consider installing a simple ventilation system that can protect your family from radon gas getting into your home.

Always consult an EPA-qualified or state-certified radon contractor. They can evaluate the problem and help you select the right solution. Find out about EPA-qualified or state-certified radon contractors in your area.

More Information

Call our Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to find out more about radon.

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