June is National Healthy Homes Month
National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) was established by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, as an outreach campaign to focus national attention on ways to keep people of all ages safe and healthy in their home. This campaign has perhaps never been more important, as people in the U.S. today, spend close to 90% of their time indoors. HUD recommends testing your home for dangerous levels of radon, as breathing high levels of radon can put you at risk for lung cancer.
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. Radon gas is a natural substance that can be found in the dirt and rocks beneath houses, in well water and in some building materials. It can enter homes through soil, crawlspaces, foundation cracks, floors and walls. Once inside, it can sometimes become trapped in your home. All homes have some radon gas. Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter of air (pCi/L). Radon levels inside houses below 4 pCi/L are considered acceptable. If your home has radon levels above 4 pCi/L, you should take action. What Can You Do? Read More