The EPA has established January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is elusive because you can’t see it and you can’t smell it; however, it is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America. The EPA estimates 21,000 people a year die from radon and the U.S. Surgeon General urges all Americans to protect their health by getting their homes tested for radon.
Radon comes from uranium in the ground and comes in through the foundation of homes and buildings. Radon levels could be high in new or old homes and 1 in 3 homes in Utah have unsafe radon levels. If the radon level is 4.0 pCi/L or higher, the EPA recommends radon mitigation to bring down the radon levels. The World Health Organization recommends mitigation if your home radon levels or 2.7 or above. There is no safe level of radon. A home with 4.0 pCi/L is the same risk of lung cancer as someone who smokes 8 cigarettes per day.
Your Radon Action Plans
So let National Radon Action Month be a reminder to get your home tested for free. If you have any questions regarding radon testing or radon mitigation, please feel free to call us at 801.871.0715.