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National Radon Action Month

Be aware of Radon dangers

January was National Radon Action Month and 50 percent of homes in Colorado are estimated to be above the recommended action level of 4pCi/L, Radon kills 21,000 Americans each year and is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. It is important to know the facts about this silent killer and to test your home for its presence.

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Radon: Unmasking the Invisible Killer

Radon gas is invisible and odorless. But it reveals itself in a deadly footprint it can leave behind -- lung cancer. In fact, exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and one in 15 homes in America is at risk from elevated levels of radon. January is National Radon Action Month and the perfect time to take action to protect you and your loved ones from this invisible killer.

Understanding Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring invisible, odorless and tasteless gas. It occurs when uranium in the soil and rock underground breaks down to form radon. As radon decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that are inhaled and can cause lung cancer. Radon enters a home through cracks in the walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings, and can build up to dangerous concentrations.

National Radon Action Month: Spreading awareness

You can't see it, smell it, or taste it in your home but there may be dangerous levels or radon lurking in your house.

About twenty-one thousand Americans die each year from lung cancer caused from radon. The month of January is National Radon Action month and the EPA and U.S. Surgeon General are encouraging everyone to test their homes, businesses, and schools.

"I see a lot of people with cancer. Probably once every two weeks I'm in somebody's home that has had cancer and don't have an explanation for it, in particular lung cancer and have come to find out that their radons high," said Kevin Siers, owner of KSA Radon Services.

Other prevention techniques the EPA is promoting this month are spreading the word and attending a radon awareness event in our area.

Learn more about how you can raise awareness!

Home testing for radon is encouraged

It almost sounds like the trailer for a B horror movie.

Cue scary music.

Deep voice: It could invade your home, and you won’t even know it. You can’t see it, smell it or hear it. And it could kill you.

The people at the American Lung Association and the Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership don’t want to scare anyone. But all of the above is true of radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that happens to occur quite a bit in Minnesota.

To read more: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/health/3656011-home-testing-radon-encouraged

Radon Action Month in Illinois: What Are the Levels in Your Home?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Radon is the most significant health risk homeowners face, and this month state leaders are encouraging residents to test their homes for the dangerous gas.

According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, nearly 1,200 citizens die annually from radon-related lung cancer. Patrick Daniels, radon program manager at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, says now is the best time of the year to check the radon levels inside a home.

"We want to test homes under what we call 'closed house conditions,'" says Daniels. "Being as cold as it is we tend to keep our windows and doors shut and homes closed up and pretty tight so it just makes it a good time to test."

Test kits range in price from $10 to $30, and can be purchased at a local hardware store or online. Daniels says it's recommended that homeowners who are involved in a real estate transaction hire a licensed professional to test the home for radon.

What is the main activity that you plan to partake in to promote National Radon Action Month?

Coloradans Urged to Test Homes for Radon During National Radon Action Month

DENVER – Winter is a great time to test your home for radon, according to Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Testing your home for radon is simple, and works best when all the doors and windows are closed,” Kelley said. “That’s why January is National Radon Action Month.”

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for hundreds of Colorado lung cancer deaths each year. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas enters homes through cracks in the floor or spaces around utility pipes and accumulates unless properly mitigated. Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. More Americans die from lung cancer than any other cancer.

Radon Health Hazards Stressed During January

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

Coming up in January, the National Cancer Institute, the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control encourage you to test your home for radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless and radioactive gas that forms from the breakdown of Uranium.

One in 15 homes contains high levels of rddon, according to the EPA, and Harvard University ranks Radon as America's #1 home hazard.

The first step toward lowering your risk is by getting a measurement of the radon levels inside your home.

A measurement can cost between $100 and $250, according to Jerry Peterson, home inspector and owner of Peterson Radon Services in Butte.

January 2013 is National Radon Action Month in U.S.A. | Take Action Against America's Leading Household Killer! SWAT Environmental is Saving Lives.

The Surgeon General of The United States is urging home and business owners to test for this deadly gas. Radon levels are typically higher in the winter months and the threat may be at its greatest in January. For this reason, Environmental Protection Agency is designating January 2013 as National Radon Month. For more information, contact S.W.A.T. Environmental at 1-800-NO-RADON.

Many people probably have barely even heard of radon; much less know it has earned its own awareness initiative, National Radon Action Month. Radon is an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas capable of unexpectedly leaking into your home. Each year, despite the attempts of concerned individuals during National Radon Month, radon claims the lives of thousands. It is the second leading source of fatal lung cancer because it results from natural causes and can ail literally any building. As such, the EPA has delegated January as National Radon Month.

Radon Gas: Invisible, Odorless & Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers