January Is National Radon Action Month
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. Radon is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air, but it can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and buildings.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Since radon does not have an odor and is invisible, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer within the walls of their home.
Some homes in this county have tested high for radon. Houses in the same neighborhood can have very different levels, so every home should be tested. Testing homes for radon is simple and inexpensive.
The Extension Office has a limited number of FREE Radon Test Kits, compliments of the NC Radon Program, that will help you determine if your home has a radon problem.
Come by the Extension Office to pick up your test kit today:
Swain County Cooperative Extension
60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
Or visit the NC Radon Program’s website at: www.ncradon.org