Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America.
Radon is found in both indoor and outdoor air. In homes, the greatest exposure is usually in rooms below grade, such as basements, on grade, or directly above them, such as over crawlspaces.
Radon is a carcinogen. It’s an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water.
Test your home, or have it tested.
Some states offer free or discounted tests that you can purchase. Check with with home improvement stores for do-it-yourself radon test kits. Make sure it is from a qualified laboratory. Some states have requirements or certifications for contractors. Contact your state for radon programs and information.
Participate in some of the national NRAM events going on this month.
For example, January 18th in Chicago, there is a free information session where you can learn about radon, testing your home, reducing radon and free local resources.
Helpful information can be found in the Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction.
Have you ever heard of someone who died of lung cancer? I know I have, and it’s always been a surprise to me if I found they were not smokers.