It’s winter, when many of us would rather spend most of our time indoors, safe, warm and protected. Or are we?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is a danger possibly lurking within some homes that is affecting indoor air quality and the health of unsuspecting homeowners. That danger is radon, a radioactive, odorless gas, found naturally in any type of soil.
Radon can seep undetected into homes through cracked foundations. Any home, regardless of age, can be susceptible to radon leaks. What is even more alarming is that exposure to radon can lead to developing lung cancer. Scientific data finds that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
To help raise awareness about radon and to encourage radon testing in homes, the EPA has named January National Radon Month , “because windows and doors are closed and families tend to spend more time inside where radon can be trapped.”
Part of the EPA’s radon awareness campaign is to make sure that radon testing is included in real estate transactions when buying or selling a home, and that home builders are including radon-resistant features in the construction of new homes or remodeling projects. According to EPA , “basic radon-resistant new construction techniques greatly reduce the lung cancer risk that may occur from radon in the home.”
In fact, top-of-the-line custom home and remodeling builders are providing a public health service by installing radon-resistant construction techniques . By incorporating these “green practices” in construction, homebuilders are creating healthier indoor environments, and are helping to reduce the risk of lung cancer due to radon exposure.
The EPA website provides a wealth of information to help homeowners ensure their homes are radon-free. Visit www.epa.gov/radon .