January is Utah’s radon action month but many people living in Utah still don’t understand what Radon is and why it is important to know about it.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is created when uranium throughout soil decays. It is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that actually accounts for up to 80% of the radiation that we are exposed to here in Utah. But maybe that doesn’t sound scary to you.
Take into account that radon is the SECOND leading cause of lung cancer throughout the United States, and that should snag your attention. It is second only to lung cancer and accounts for about 21,000 deaths per year!
How Does Radon Affect You Personally?
A lot of people hear about radon and think, doesn’t matter to me. I’m sure it won’t affect me or my family. But radon is a real concern to ANYONE living in Utah. When it is dispersed out into the outside air, it doesn’t represent a risk. But when it enters your home and you continuously breathe it in, that is when it becomes a health risk for you and your loved ones.
So how does it enter your home? Because radon is a gas that comes out of the soil, it can sneak through any crack or pore in the foundation of your home. Cement is actually full of small pores that allow entry. There is also construction joints, cracks, plumbing, etc. to consider.
How to take ACTION against Radon
With January being Radon Action month, it is important to know what ACTION you can take. The very first step, has to be testing your home for radon gas. You can do that quickly by filling out the form on this page. This is a FREE service that we offer to anyone throughout Utah.
Once you have test results, the next step would be taking action to protect your family. If your home tests above the recommended action levels (read more on that here), then a radon mitigation system can be installed to lower the radon levels in your home.
Everything starts with education and testing. Make sure you understand the risks that radon can present to your family and then test your home. With free testing offered by the experts at Utah Radon Services, there is no reason to delay testing any longer. Take ACTION against radon!