Like every homeowner, your family’s health and safety is a one of your top priorities. You’ve installed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in every room, and have invested in many safety features, but have you considered the threat possible radon in your home can threaten your family’s health?
Lung cancer caused by radon is the leading cause of non-smoker lung cancer deaths in the United States, claiming approximately 21,000 lives per year. Radon exposure is a preventable health risk – eliminating unnecessary exposure by testing radon levels and mitigation is relatively easy.
What is radon?
Radon is a natural radioactive gas, produced by uranium decaying in soil, rock and water. It is in the air you read and when it’s trapped inside your home or other building, the gas can build up to dangerous levels. Because it is invisible, tasteless and has no odor, there may be dangerous levels of it in your home without your knowledge.
What can I do about radon?
There are actions you can take to ensure your family’s safety and health, according to the EPA:
Test your home. The U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommend radon testing for all homes in the U.S.
Attend a radon awareness event. January has been designated National Radon Action Month by the EPA– look for radon awareness events in your community, or view free EPA radon publications at their website.
Purchase a radon-resistant home. When buying a new home, look for radon-resistant building construction.
The only way to find out if your home or business has dangerous radon levels is to test for it. In fact, both the U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommends that all Americans test their homes and other buildings for radon to protect their health. If high radon levels are detected there are simple steps you can take to fix the problem. Radon testing kits and radon monitors are offered by several organizations and are available at local hardware stores. A radon test will show the current radar levels present, while a radon monitor allows you to monitor levels throughout the year.
What if my indoor radon levels are high?
If testing shows that the radon levels in your home or water are too high, don’t panic. Professional residential and commercial radon mitigation specialists such as S.W.A.T. Environmental provide services and installation of systems to reduce your indoor radon gas levels and keep your family healthy and safe.