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Tim GanoungJanuary is National Radon Action Month. If you've never tested your home, doing so now could make all the difference to you and your family. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is attributed to about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. Fortunately, you can take just a few steps to help prevent exposure to this silent threat.

  1. Test your home. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon, and it's both easy and inexpensive. Get a test kit.
  2. Spread the word. Encourage family and friends to learn about radon and test their homes.
  3. Buy a radon-resistant home. Learn about radon-resistant new construction by reading Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Radon-Resistant Homes (PDF).

More information about radon exposure, testing, and mitigation  

Tim Ganoung, Personal Insurance Consultant