If you ask air quality professionals to name a top indoor air quality concern, radon will surely be near the top of the list. It is a major concern, because many people are not aware that radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer or that it can be found in Montgomery County.
You can’t smell or see radon, so the only way you can know you have radon in your home is by testing for it! As shown in the map to the right, Montgomery County is in a geological area that is known for higher levels of radon.
Everyone should test their homes for radon, especially if your home has an underground basement. Short term test kits (3-4 days) can be ordered for $15 from the National Radon Program website. You can also call your local hardware store to see if they have kits in stock.
Each kit will contain all the information you need to test your home and to determine if you need to take further actions to protect your family from radon gas.
You can also order a long term test kit (3-12 months) for readings that take into account seasonal changes.
Montgomery County recognizes the importance of educating every resident on the need to test for radon. With this in mind, the County Executive proclaimed January as Radon Action Month. View the proclamation below. If we each dedicate to telling two friends about the importance of testing for radon, and then they tell two friends…., we’ll reach every resident in the County and then some!
Did you know that radon in homes first drew concern as a public health threat after a worker at a nuclear power plant started setting off the plant’s radiation alarms? His home’s radon level was so high, he was carrying radiation into the plant. Yet he had no clue his home was radioactive before the testing started.
*Environmental Protection Agency