January is the National Radon Action Month. Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Click here to see a map of Radon zones.
I live in a high radon zone. Ten years ago, when my daughter was born, the hospital sent us home with a voucher for a free radon test. We tested our home and had a borderline reading. It is time for another test. We sent away for a radon kit and will be testing our home again.
How do you test for Radon? The quickest test for radon is the short-term test. "Charcoal canisters" are most commonly used for short-term testing. Check out the EPA's site A Citizens Guide to Radon for information.
If you live in PA, you can send away for a free radon kit from the American Lung Association.
Tuesday Tip: January is Radon Action month.