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You can reduce your family's risk of lung cancer by being aware of the harmful effects of radon gas within your home. Radon gas is one of the leading causes of lung cancer throughout America. If not taken care of, the health effects of high radon gas levels can be fatal. January is National Radon Action Month, and with a few techniques and the proper methods, we can all take action against radon gas!
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that steeps from the ground. It forms through the decomposition of soils and minerals. Radon gas is a radioactive carcinogen. Since radon is invisible and odorless, a special test is necessary to detect the levels of radon gas present in your home. Radon can exist in your home at dangerously high levels, without you knowing. Breathing in radon gas can eventually lead to lung cancer and other health complications.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends all homes throughout the U.S. be tested for radon gas. Proper testing is the first step in eliminating radon gas from homes. According to the EPA guidelines, the safe level of radon within a home should be under 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). If you are interested in purchasing a do-it-yourself radon test kit, National Radon Defense offers a variety of easy-to-use kits. If test results show elevated radon levels, the next step is to contact a qualified radon mitigation contractor to reduce the radon levels in your home. If you already have a mitigation system installed in your home, the EPA recommends having your system inspected every two years by a professional to ensure continued protection.
Don't hesitate to test your home. Radon is found in every state. Be sure to inform family and friends about your radon test results to encourage them to test their own homes.
Radon exposure is completely preventable. There is no better time than now to take action to protect your health. Contact National Radon Defense to request an appointment with a radon contractor in your area.