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January is National Radon Month

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KWWL) – EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.

What is radon?

Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that causes no immediate health symptoms but medium and long-term exposures can cause lung cancer. It comes from the breakdown of uranium inside the earth. Simple test kits can reveal the amount of radon in any building. Buildings with high levels can usually be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques. EPA information - http://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html

EPA estimates that one in every 15 homes nationwide has a high level of radon at or above the recommended action level of 4 picoCuries (pCi/L) per liter of air.

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