January is Radon Awareness Month

Posted by Steph Kaye on Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 1:38pm.

All Homes Should be Tested



January 2014 has been declared "National Radon Action Month" by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. The EPA estimates that one out of every 15 homes in the country has elevated radon levels. Health agencies across the country have joined forces to promote awareness of the dangers of being exposed to radon. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during the January awareness drive.

January is especially a high risk month for radon exposure, because homeowners keep their windows and doors shut tight with the furnace running. This is when radon has the potential to accumulate to a unhealthy level. Radon is formed during the breakdown of uranium, which is found in nearly all soils and rocks. The gas then seeps into the house through gaps or cracks in the foundation floor, walls and sump pump drains. Radon causes damage to the cells that lead to lung cancer. It is specially dangerous for people with respiratory problems and children, because their lungs are not fully developed. It caused more American fatalities last year than carbonmonoxide, fires and handguns combined. That is why it is so important to get tested.

The EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month and counties across the country are offering half-price radon test kits to residents. The Oakland County Health Division is offering test kits for $5 to residents. The Macomb County Public Health Department offers test kits free of charge to all residents all year. The test kits are set up in the basement to test the levels. The kits are then sent in to be read, and the homeowners are then told the results. For peace of mind call your radon specialist and become informed about the dangers of radon gas or click here.

If you would like more information on your local real estate market, or are first time home buyer not working with a Realtor and would like to schedule a consultation with a qualified Oakland County and Macomb County Realtor, please complete the Lang Premier Properties contact form to have a real estate agent contact you.

Ben Lang is a Birmingham Realtor specializing in Oakland County Real Estate. Ben is an agent with Max Broock in Birmingham, Michigan. See what past clients have to say about Ben Lang.  Lang Premier Properties looks out for your best interests when you purchase a new custom luxury home. We always recommend working with an experienced luxury real estate agent when buying a new luxury estate.




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