January 2019: Ohio Recognizes Radon Action Month

Here at Environmental Doctor in Dayton Ohio, we’re starting off the year with National Radon Action Month! Did you know that radon gas is dangerous and causes approximately 20,000 deaths in the US each year? In order to increase awareness on the risks of radon gas, undetectable to the naked eye and nose, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month.

Why increase radon levels awareness? The best way to prevent a health risk from radon is to be educated on the subject and inform others. Most classify this type of gas as “the silent killer: radon,” which was actually a famous slogan years ago; in order to market radon testing in homes. Furthermore, radon is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and unfortunately it’s a harmful odorless gas. We can’t see radon gas, we can’t smell radon gas and we can’t taste radon. Although we have made vast improvements on radon testing locally and across the nation, the public tends to forget that it’s still very much alive. Think about the places you and your loved ones spend the most time in. Whether it’s at home, a friend’s garage or relative’s home, school or work, radon is formed from the ground up. Naturally.

Radon Action Month

So may ask yourselves… What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas which is formed from the natural breakdown in uranium from rock, soil, and water. This odorless gas (radon) then travels up through cracks and spaces in your home’s foundation. The EPA advises that for National Radon Action Month, we test our homes, spread the word and encourage others to test their homes or commercial buildings and to learn more about radon gas risks. And as always, the Environmental Doctor is here to help you with indoor air testing in Ohio and to answer any questions.

Radon Doesn’t Warn You it’s Around

Radon is a silent killer. It is tasteless, odorless, and has no color. Check out this informative PSA from the EPA. Naturally occurring in rock, it is a result of the breakdown of uranium deposits deep in the earth. To help reduce the chance of radon entering your home, call the professionals. Environmental Doctor provides comprehensive radon testing solutions to protect your loved ones from the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

How Much Radon in my House?

According to the EPA, nearly one out of every fifteen homes in the United States has an elevated radon level. Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is attributed with being the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The odds indicate that at least one of your neighbors, if not your own home, is at risk. Check out this video that explains how radon can impact your home.

But this is where it gets really scary. In Ohio, the chance that a home has enough radon to pose a significant risk to its occupants is about one in two. You read that right, around 50%. It seems likely that more homes in your neighborhood have elevated radon levels. Indeed, there’s a significant chance that yours might too.

Environmental Doctor specializes in radon testing, the only way to know for sure the radon level of your home or business. Don’t let the tale of a lovely home turn into a scary story.