January is National Radon Action Month

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

According to the Vermont Department of Health, one in seven Vermont homes has elevated levels of radon.

Testing Your Indoor Air for Radon—Request a Free Kit

The use of a long-term radon in air test kit is best because radon levels can change daily, weekly and seasonally. The VT Dept. of Health recommends that you test your home for 3 to 12 months (ideally including a heating season). Longer test periods ensure the most accurate measure of actual exposure. Free long-term radon in air test kits are available to Vermont residents. You can request one from the Radon Program by:

  1. Calling 800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont)
  2. Emailing radon@vermont.gov

LEARN MORE at the VT Dept. of Health Website.