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January is National Radon Action Month

January 3, 2012

01/04/12 January 2012, which is National Radon Action Month, is the perfect time of year to test for radon gas.  Testing in the summer time is difficult because occupants tend to keep windows and doors open for longer durations which could skew the results of the test.  Since winter time is when people tend to spend more time indoors, it makes sense to test during this time.  It’s a good idea to conduct a long-term or multiple short-term tests because radon levels can vary from season to season.  You can also constantly monitor home’s radon levels with an electronic radon detector.  Learn more at

All homes should be tested for radon regardless of the age of the home, geographic location, or type of construction.  Radon problems have been found in every state in the U.S. and since you cannot see, smell, or taste radon, the only way to know if your home is affected is to conduct a test.  The EPA recommends that you conduct a test at least once every two years because radon levels can fluctuate over time.  If you find that your radon levels are above the World Health Organization limit of 2.7, a qualified contractor can install a radon reduction system to fix the problem.  In most cases, the work can be completed in a single day.

Radon gas causes more deaths each year than any other in-home hazard including fires, carbon monoxide, drowning, poisoning, falls, and even guns!  National Radon Action Month is an ideal time to make your household a safer place.  You can learn more about 2012 National Radon Action Month and local activities that you can participate in and help create awareness about this deadly carcinogen at by calling 1-800-NO-RADON or by visiting