Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. After cigarette smoking, it is the next leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon can enter homes and other buildings through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, drains, and other openings. Indoor radon exposure is estimated to be responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. Steps to control radon include testing one’s home, and following recommendations for further testing and repairs.

The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic strongly supports the following measures to reduce exposure to indoor radon to protect public health:

  • Public education programs regarding the health risks of elevated indoor radon levels and the need for radon testing and mitigation.
  • The adoption of building codes that require new construction to meet guidelines for radon resistance.
  • Reasonable provisions that real estate transactions require disclosure of radon testing results to purchasers.

Reporting on our Work

Since the late 1980s, the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic's work has involved securing grant funding from local, state and national sources to promote radon testing and mitigation. Over more than a decade, the largest source of that funding has been the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Radon Awareness and Risk Reduction Grant Program.

During the last six years, ALAMA has distributed over 45,000 radon test kits to targeted populations around Pennsylvania. As a consequence, over 5,000 homes and other indoor environments in PA alone have been found to have elevated radon levels, and hence deserving of follow-up testing and perhaps repair. The compiled report can be downloaded here.

Test Kits

If you would like to test your home for Radon, you can purchase one from the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. For more information about obtaining a radon test kit, contact your local office.