January Is National Radon Action Month

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house graphic with Radon informationJanuary is the perfect time for a fresh start in addressing areas of your life that you want to make changes in. Maintaining a healthy home may be one of those areas you want to tackle and testing your home for Radon is a great place to start.

Measuring your home’s radon level is recommended for any home, in any location throughout the year. But, January is when the EPA and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services NC Radon Program join forces with organizations like North Carolina Cooperative Extension to increase awareness across the nation about this easily preventable source of lung cancer.

Data provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that 77 of the 100 counties in North Carolina have radon indoor air levels above action level of 4 pCi/L.

See this Haywood County Fact Sheet for suggested actions for those living in Haywood County.

 Each year upwards of 22,000 people die from radon-induced lung cancer. Roughly 54% of those diagnosed with early stage lung cancer are expected to live no more than five years after diagnosis.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers in the United States. It is a natural, colorless, odorless, tasteless, gas that comes from the natural decay of Uranium. The effects upon families it touches can be just as devastating as lung cancer caused by smoking tobacco.

Lung cancer can strike anyone, even a nonsmoker. Test your home for radon and lower your family’s risk for lung cancer.

Short term and Long term Radon test kits can be purchased at a discounted rate online or for a reasonable price from local home and hardware stores.

For more information about Radon visit: