January is National Radon Action Month, and here at IPM we are bringing you some facts about radon that you may not know. From risks to prevention, we’re providing you with everything you need to know to keep you and your family safe from radon.
So, what is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas, that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon can get into the air that you breathe, and is known to be cancer-causing. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. According to the EPA, radon claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. Radon is also undetectable by smell or taste, so there is no way to know if your home has radon in it, unless you have a professional test the levels of radon in your home.
Radon is most commonly found in basements and crawl spaces, but can enter your home from radon-contaminated drinking water that is used in bathrooms and showers. If radon is detected in your home, a professional will install a Radon Mitigation System, which pulls the radon from your home.
Testing your home is the best way to ensure your safety. During National Radon Action Month, take the time to schedule radon testing in your home, if you haven’t yet done so. If you have, celebrate the month by spreading the word about the dangers of radon and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to get their homes tested as well.
If you would like to have your home tested for radon, call IPM Pest Management today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.