Radon Action Month: 5 Easy Action Steps
Did You Know…
The last full week of January is National Radon Action Month? Unfortunately, radon is not often a top concern in the discussion of home safety. In fact, many homeowners are not even aware of what radon is or the results it can carry.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can be found in many homes within the US. It is a threat to a person’s health when they are exposed to it indoors on a constant basis. However, it’s generally not a health concern outdoors, as trace amounts are found in the atmosphere.
Trailing only behind smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States causing around 21,000 lung cancer- related deaths, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To say the least, this is alarming!
With January being National Radon Action Month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages homeowners to strengthen their knowledge about radon and its affects. Consequently, this will help bring awareness to their communities about the radioactive gas. Check out these five ways you can become active towards radon awareness starting today!
1) Test Your Home’s Radon Level
The maximum “permissible” radon level after testing is 4.0 pCi/L, however, even that level is not considered to be “safe”, according to the EPA. It is strongly recommended that radon mitigation should be considered if levels are found to be anywhere between 2.0 and 4.0. It’s also beneficial to understand where your state and county stand regarding its radon levels. You can always see an up-to-date viewing of the interactive national radon map by visiting the link provided.
2) Fix Your Home
The good news is that there are various ways to help reduce radon gases within your home. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development encourage these additional measures to help protect yourself against heightened risks of lung cancer.
1.Seal the cracks in your floors and walls.
Use plaster, caulk, or any other material commonly used for these purposes to get the job done.
2.Quit smoking and discourage it from happening in your home.
Remove this habit out of the house and you can significantly reduce the risks of lung cancer that smoking and radon push.
3.Increase your home’s air flow. Open windows, Using fans and vents to circulate air.
Open windows, use fans and/or vents to help circulate air within your home.
Also, be mindful that natural ventilation is only a temporary strategy to help reduce radon.
4.Ask about radon resistant construction techniques if you are buying a new home.
Consider adding these features into new construction homes first. You’ll find it to be a cheaper option than most.
3) Spread The Word
The best piece of actionable awareness anyone can commit to doing is talking about it. Spreading the word to your neighbors will spearhead the conversation about home safety to a greater depth. Spreading the word can have many forms and fashions, many of which can be fun!
Here are some creative ways to bring awareness to #NationalRadonActionMonth:
1.Share Social Media Posts
Both inspectors and the inspection companies have content that can easily be shared! Follow @BPGInspections on Facebook to get started!
2.Have Cordial Conversations With Your Neighbors.
This method informs your community and, additionally, can help grow relationships.
3.Read Blogs to Strengthen Your Knowledge.
The more you know, the better off you’ll be!
4) Learn The Risks of Radon
It’s important to understand the vital aspects of the dangerous gas before taking the proper actions. For example, homes that test for higher levels of radon negatively affect the health conditions of homeowners more. Smokers tend to be more at risk to health concerns, such as lung cancer, especially in homes that test for higher than average radon levels as well.
Asking our team of professional and certified home inspectors about our radon testing methods is a great place to begin when looking for answers to your questions about radon!
5) Refer A Home Inspector or Company
Consider involving a professional home inspector in your plans! As a result, you’ll likely find yourself in a better position to make more informed decisions about your property. Therefore, we encourage clients to take the time to refer your home inspector to a friend or family member that is looking to purchase or sell a home! Every referral counts and it’s an easy way to continue sharing home safety knowledge!