Safe at Home: National Radon Action Month

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Health is often a top priority at the beginning of the year as New Year resolutions are in full swing. Typically these resolutions center around diet or exercise. These goals are important, but keeping a safe, healthy home is also a critical factor for long-term health. You may already know that smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer in the United States. But do you know what’s number two?

The answer is radon, an invisible, radioactive gas – and if you didn’t know you’re not alone. It’s estimated radon is the cause of over 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S, close to 1 in every 15 homes have dangerously high radon levels.

Radon levels in homes chart

High radon levels can be a risk anywhere in the state. Both old homes and new homes can have radon problems. The risk depends on two factors: the level of radon in the home, and the length of time in contact with the gas. Testing a home is the only way to find out if there is a problem.

Where radon exists flyer

The only way to know for certain if your home has a radon problem is to test it. A limited supply of home radon test kits are available at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wilkes County office, 416 Executive Dr, Wilkesboro. Call 336-651-7331 for more information.

The NC Radon Program also has a supply of radon test kits – Order online.

NC State Extension – Radon

CDC – Radon