January 15, 2016
January is National Radon Action Month
You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Even if you had your home tested for radon when you bought it, you may want to consider re-testing your home after several years.
January has been designated as National Radon Action Month to make homeowners aware of the risks of radon gas. As shown on the map above, radon levels in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are some of the highest in the nation.
“Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.”
Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.
Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk. Testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.
AmeriSpec offers radon inspections to home buyers and sellers, as well as home and business owners. This inspection includes the placement of testing devices for 24 hours to measure the ongoing level of radon in the habitable areas of the home. We recommend a 24-hour professional test to ensure accuracy.
For more information, check out the EPA publications on radon and testing. Or call AmeriSpec at 402-393-3696 in Omaha, or 402-483-2010 in Lincoln.