January is Radon Action Month here in Utah. So what is radon and why do we have radon action month?
Radon is an odorless and tasteless gas that is caused when uranium decays in soil and rock. This naturally occurring radioactive gas is a health hazard if it accumulates to high levels in your home. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Radon can be present in any home, no matter the size, age, location or layout of the home. Unfortunately, with only 1 in 5 homes in Utah being tested, not many people know about this health hazard. In 2007, then Gov. Jon Huntsman, declared January Radon Action Month for the reasons listed below.
Why do we have radon action month?
- The Surgeon General has declared that Radon causes lung cancer
- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified Radon as a national health hazard
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers
- Approximately 1/3 of the homes tested in Utah have elevated Radon levels
- More than 21,000 people nationwide die each year from radon-induced lung cancer
- State officials are concerned for the health, safety and well being of our citizens and support reducing any environmental health hazards
In his statement, Gov Huntsman also talks about reliable and affordable testing and the fact that radon levels can be reduced for a moderate price with a radon mitigation system. Utah Radon Services offers free residential radon testing, free quotes for radon mitigation and affordable installation.
All Utah homeowners are encouraged to educate themselves about radon and have their home tested to determine the radon concentrations in their homes. If high levels of radon are found (learn more about radon action levels here), then they are encouraged to take action to reduce their exposure to radon.
Request your free test by filling out the form on this page or by calling 801-871-0715 to speak with a radon specialist at Utah Radon Services. We also encourage you during radon action month, to share with your friends and family. Learn more about our free testing program here.