Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency urges people to test their home for radon as part of National Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible radioactive gas that makes its way into homes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water, and it is estimated to cause over 20,000 cases of lung cancer in non-smokers every year. As part of our commitment to help protect your family, The Insurance Center would like to share information about this yearly observance and what homeowners can do to ensure their home’s air quality remains safe to breathe.
“We live in a time when we cannot pinpoint every carcinogenic substance that exists, but we are fortunate to have a government that is quick to announce public safety concerns when they emerge. Radon prevention is one of those concerns,” said Robert J. Sammon, President of The Insurance Center. “Thankfully, awareness around this issue is helping homeowners take appropriate actions when it comes to dealing with radon in their homes.”
Unlike other carcinogens that are difficult to identify and address, an advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General stated exposure to radon is completely preventable and can be easily fixed. In observance of National Radon Action Month, The Insurance Center encourages homeowners to consider some of things you can do this month:
Test Your Home for Radon
Low cost testing kits are available online. Alternatively, the EPA advises families to check their state radon program to find local service providers.
Hire a Service Provider if You Detect Elevated Radon Levels
A service provider can fix a radon issue in your home by using “well-established venting techniques.”
Share Information About Radon Mitigation
The EPA has created a comprehensive radon guide for homebuyers and seller. Read the document to develop a better understanding of radon, and tell your friends and family about the importance of radon mitigation and prevention.
The most important thing to remember is that radon exposure is completely preventable. By taking steps today, homeowners are protecting their family, loved ones and visitors from inhaling toxic particles. With a commitment to help keep families safe, The Insurance Center urges New Hampshire and Vermont residents to heed the actions mentioned above. Speak with an Insurance Center agent to learn other ways you can protect your family, or call one of our offices for any insurance-related inquiries.