Radon Test Kits Available – Find Out Why You Should Test Your Home

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January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a colorless gas, with no taste or smell. It can rise up into the air from rocks and soil in the ground. Entering the home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Close to 1 in every 15 homes in the U.S. likely has high levels of radon.

Why is radon a concern? 

After smoking radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in N.C. in 2015. It is likely that radon is the cause of the more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S.

What influences the risk of lung cancer from radon? 

  1. Radon levels in the home
  2. Time spent in the home
  3. If you are a tobacco smoker or have smoked tobacco
  4. If you are exposed to second-hand smoke

How to know if your home is affected by radon?

The only way to know for certain if your home has a radon problem is to test it. Come by the Wilkes County Extension Office to pick up a free radon home test kit. 

References:

The North Carolina Radon Program. (2019). Retrieved January 18, 2019.