January 2014 Declared "National Radon Action Month" PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 December 2013 11:14

Help Prevent Lung Cancer in 2014 by Spreading Awareness

January 2014 has been declared "National Radon Action Month" according to the Evironmental Protection Agency.  Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.  The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during the January awareness drive.

Radon is a naturally occuring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas.  One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon.  Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas.  In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America's leading in-home hazard.  By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided.

Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographic areas or home types.  Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county in the U.S.  It has caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires and handguns combined!  If a home hasn't been tested for radon in the past two years, EPA and the Surgeon General urge you to take action.  Contact your state radon office for information on locating qualified text kits or qualified radon testers.

Learn more about national radon action month at www.RadonMonth.org

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