National Radon Action Month

— Written By Marilyn Wells and last updated by Cathy Sprinkle

January is the National Radon Action Month to bring awareness of the importance of testing your home for the possibility of the presence of radon.
What is radon and why should we be concerned? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that cannot be seen and has no smell or taste. It occurs through the breakdown of uranium in rock, soil and water which then gets into the air that we breathe. It can be present in any building but our greatest exposure is our homes where we spend most of our time. The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States next to smoking. The lower the level of radon in your home‐the lower your risk of lung cancer.
How do we find out if we have radon gas? The only way to determine if you and your family are at risk is to use a short term test kit. By following the simple instructions and mailing in the enclosed envelope, you will receive your test scores with an explanation of the numbers. In the piedmont and mountain
regions of N.C., there have been 1 out of 15 homes tested with a high radon gas level which is set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Further testing will determine if you have excess radon gas. A mitigation system can be placed in your home to remove the radon from the lowest level up to the roof where it then dissipates into the atmosphere.
For a free test kit while supplies last, come by the N.C. Cooperative Extension,
Yadkin Center, located at 209 E. Elm Street in Yadkinville. For further information, ask for Marilyn Wells, Family and Consumer Science Agent, 336‐679‐2061 or go to

Marilyn Wells
N.C. Cooperative Extension
Family and Consumer Science Agent
Yadkin County Center