There is a silent killer in your home, Radon gas. You cannot see, taste, or smell Radon but long-term exposure is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates Radon is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally during the decay of Uranium in the soil. Because Uranium is especially prevalent in rocky areas and around granite, homes in Vermont and New Hampshire have a greater risk of having elevated Radon levels than the national average.
Radon gas can enter the home anywhere it is in contact with the ground, which means that any home can have Radon: new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement.
Although most people are aware of the dangers of Radon, they might be hesitant to test for it. Richard Lalancette, Former President of Criterium-Lalancette & Dudka Engineers, a local building inspection company and certified Radon measurement provider, states “Because you can’t see or smell Radon, people tend to downplay the risk and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their home.”
Testing for Radon is simple, you can obtain a Radon test kit through the Department of Health, the hardware store, or a certified lab. You can even hire a certified Radon measurement provider to conduct the test for you.
The EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month and urges homeowners to take action by testing their homes for Radon. Protect your family from this silent killer. For more information on Radon visit the EPA or the Vermont Department of Health. You can also call Criterium-Lalancette & Dudka Engineers at 802-747-4535.