EPA Stresses Home Radon Testing for Lung Cancer Prevention

EPA Stresses Home Radon Testing for Lung Cancer Prevention

There’s no better time than National Radon Action Month to test for the dangerous gas.

January is National Radon Action Month, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges citizens to prioritize home radon testing to prevent lung cancer. Radon, a colorless and odorless radioactive gas, can accumulate within homes, posing severe health threats. Testing for radon is the best way to guard against its harmful effects and protect those who are at risk.

“Radon is a serious public health risk. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to protect your family and ensure that the air you breathe at home is healthy,” EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe said in a statement. “Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive, and I encourage everyone to test, fix and save a life during this year’s Radon Action Month.”

Affordable do-it-yourself radon test kits are available online and at most home improvement and hardware stores. Some states and municipalities even provide free at-home radon test kits. Alternatively, individuals can hire a qualified radon professional for testing. Interested parties can contact their state or Tribal radon program for more information on services in their area.

According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Exposure to radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually. Despite its severity, many remain unaware of radon’s potential health implications. If radon levels above 4 picocuries per liter are detected in your home, the EPA recommends taking corrective action. 

Additional guidance on addressing radon risks is available on the EPA's radon website.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.