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Monday, June 20th by Kristina McGovern
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has designated June as National Healthy Homes Month. The purpose of the month-long celebration is to encourage homeowners to evaluate their homes for potential safety issues, including testing for high levels of radon.
Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil. Radon can seep into homes through cracks in floors and walls, accumulating in basements and crawl spaces. High levels of radon have been known to cause lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, right after smoking. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an unsafe radon level is above 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).
During Healthy Homes Month, homeowners are encouraged to order a radon test kit to check their radon levels. They're also encouraged to install a carbon monoxide detector, check air vents for clogs, and seal up cracks to prevent bugs and animals from entering. HUD has several tips for keeping a healthy home.
If you're interested in testing your home for radon, contact the qualified National Radon Defense radon contractor in your area today!