Originally Published: January 7, 2018 5:59 a.m.
To raise awareness of radon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated January as Radon Action Month in 1999. It’s a time when the agency and various radon champions coordinate activities and events that inspire others to educate and protect themselves against the harmful effects of extensive and prolonged exposure to radon gas.
While radon levels in Arizona are generally low, there are several hot spots throughout the state. Some of the more prominent radon hot spots include parts of the Verde Valley and the Granite Dells near Prescott.
To help the public take action during this month, the EPA lists five things on its website people can do to get involved.
1) Test your home - EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive.
Free test kits are provided by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency. The Yavapai County Contractors Association, located in Prescott at 810 E. Sheldon St, carries some of these free kits.
2) Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area - Look for radon events in your community.
3) Spread the word
4) Spend time during National Radon Action Month encouraging others to learn about radon and test their homes.
• Tell your family and friends about the health risk of radon. Encourage them to test their homes.
• Plan an activity in your community to help raise awareness.
• Write an op-ed or letter to the editor using samples from the event planning resources.
• Attract media attention by working with a local official to get a radon proclamation.
• View or order EPA’s free radon publications.
5) Buy a radon-resistant home - If you are considering buying a new home, look for builders who use radon-resistant new construction. Read more about radon-resistant new construction, “Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Radon-Resistant Homes.”
Build Green: It’s Easy to Build New Homes Radon-Resistant ... “The good news is you can build your customers a safer, healthier, radon-resistant home. The techniques to prevent radon from entering a home are practical and straightforward for any builder. It’s an inexpensive way to offer families a benefit that could reduce their risk of lung cancer. And it’s a smart way to build trust between you and your customer,” said Fuad Reveiz, member of the National Association of Home Builders.