EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month, a time when state radon programs and other partners conduct special radon outreach activities and events across the country. The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices. Learn more about the national effort to take action against radon.
Radon: The Hazard with a Simple Solution
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. Learn how you can protect your family.
Heed The Warning: EPA's New Media Campaign
EPA has released a new Public Service media campaign for radon. The campaign features the U.S Surgeon General's warning that radon causes lung cancer and that you should test your home. These TV, radio and print PSA materials are available in English and Spanish.
Exposure to radon causes lung cancer in non-smokers and smokers alike.
Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. The untimely deaths of Peter Jennings and Dana Reeve have raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have never smoked. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15% of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon.
Test Your Home for Radon - It's Easy & Inexpensive
The U.S Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested. Read about radon health risks. (En Espanol) You can test your home yourself or hire a professional. (En Espanol) Fix your home if you have a radon level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or more (En Espanol). Discounted radon test kits are available from the National Safety Council (Exit Disclaimer) (or call 800-SOS-RADON). Some home improvement stores sell test kits. To find a qualified testing or mitigation contractor, contact your state radon office (see our list of state contacts) or either of the private radon proficiency programs.