January Is National Radon Action Month!

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States, only behind smoking.

CDC radon info

What is radon? 
It is a gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste. It comes from the decay of radioactive elements in the soil and groundwater.

How does radon cause cancer? 
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe.

How does radon get into your home? 
Radon can rise from the rocks in the ground and get into your home through cracks in the foundation. This can happen in any age or type of home. It can also be found in other types of buildings, but home is the most concerning because you spend the majority of time there.

How often do you test your home for radon? 
The EPA recommends you test your home every two years. Learn more and order your free radon testing kit (while supplies last) from the North Carolina Radon Program. 

What if my home tests high for radon?
High radon levels can be fixed! The EPA recommends fixing homes that have an average radon level over 4 pCi/L. A contractor who is certified and trained to fix radon problems is the best person to hire for this job. The National Radon Proficiency Program and the National Radon Safety Board certify trained contractors.

The information in this article along with more about radon and reducing radon in your home can be found on this infographic from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and several other organizations that protect North Carolinians from environmental health hazards.

CDC 1 out of 15 homes

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Meghan Lassiter, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMeghan LassiterExtension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences Call Meghan E-mail Meghan N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center
Updated on Jan 11, 2021
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