Rainy and snowy weather means we’re spending more time indoors, so it’s a good month to ensure your indoor environment is as safe as possible. January is National Radon Awareness Month, and the Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with local agencies to equip people with the tools needed to test their homes and workplaces.
You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home or workplace. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon.
The good news is that exposure to radon is largely preventable with proper testing, and is typically easy to mitigate. For homes and residences, testing kits can be purchased online or at local home improvement stores. Commercial, educational, and industrial facility managers can contact a consultant like PBS Engineering and Environmental for information on larger-scale testing.
Radon Forum Northwest is conducting public events during the month of January to discuss radon, health effects, testing, and community resources. The events are free and open to the public. Radon kits will be available for $5 while supplies last. Events will take place on:
- January 20, 2016: George Middle School, Portland, OR, 6:30PM (Public Forum)
- January 28, 29, 30, and 31, 2016: During the Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma Dome , WA (Radon Exhibit)
For more information, visit radonforumnorthwest.com.
EPA National Radon Month Information
EPA Radon Zones Map
Oregon Public Health’s Radon Program
Washington State Department of Health’s Radon Program
Commercial Radon Testing