Oct. 20 to 26 is designated as National Radon Action Week. Caused by decayed radium and uranium in the soil, radon can find access to a building through openings, cracks in the foundation and even directly through concrete. An odorless, colorless gas, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers information for the public to learn about the health risks of radon and the importance of testing homes, offices and buildings to measure and, if necessary, reduce dangerous radon levels. The EPA advises that levels of 4 pCi/1 (picocuries per liter) and above can be harmful and should be addressed.
To learn more about radon, check out the EPA’s frequently asked questions page.