January is the EPA’s National Radon Action Month

Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. This odorless, tasteless and invisible gas is produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water.  The only known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air is lung cancer, and in the United States, exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related.

Radon Map of the United States

Radon Zone KeyAlthough lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. Lung cancer now surpasses breast cancer as the number one cause of death among women.  Smokers who are also exposed to radon have much higher risks of developing the disease. However, in many cases, lung cancer can be prevented by quitting smoking and taking steps to mitigate radon exposure in your home and place of business. colorado

Unfortunately, most of Colorado is a “Zone 1 Region,” meaning that the state is in the highest risk category for radon exposure. It is vitally important for Coloradoans to have their homes and offices checked for  unsafe levels of radon to mitigate potential health risks.

Radon is a serious issue with the potential for having dire health consequences. While people usually think of radon as being a home health and safety issue, we also spend so much of our time at the office that testing should be done to ensure a safe workplace as well.

Member districts of the CSD Pool can use their available Safety and Loss Prevention Grant Funds for radon testing equipment, electronic radon detectors, or having a professional commercial radon mitigation team come to your office to perform an assessment.

For more information on available radon programs and resources in Colorado, please visit the EPA’s Colorado website.

 

 

 

 

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.