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What You Need to Know about Radon

We are six short days away from the New Year, which means we are six short days away from January! January is National Radon Action Month, an initiative to raise awareness of radon and the potential dangers of this radioactive gas. It is a gas that occurs naturally in the environment, and not one that many homeowners know much about. However, you can suffer from adverse health effects if you are exposed to too much of it.

Why Is Radon Bad?

Though many people believe second-hand smoke to be the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in non-smokers, the real culprit is actually radon. This gas claims the lives of approximately 21,000 Americans every year, but your exposure to it is an entirely preventable health risk. Simply testing the radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure.

National Radon Action Month

This January, we encourage you and your family to take action! What can you do? You can start by having your home tested. Both the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes throughout the country be tested for this harmful gas. Fortunately, professional radon testing is relatively easy and inexpensive.

Next, you should look for radon action activities in your area and help spread the word, so you can help protect your family, but other families in your community as well. Inform others of the health risks of radon and urge them to test their own homes. Learn about the risks your community faces due to radon and how this risk might be reduced.

Also, if you are purchasing a home, ask about radon exposure. There are builders out there today who use radon-resistant new construction. There are practical strategies that construction workers can use to ensure your home is built with your safety in mind, while still creating a functional living space.

To learn more about your risks and to schedule your Albuquerque, NM radon testing appointment, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today.

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