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Resources You Can Use: Radon Action Month

Posted by on January 13th, 2023 Posted in: Blog
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Infographic from the EPA with cartoon houses and the words "What is radon? Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You can't see radon, And you can't smell it or tast it. But it may be a problem in you home. Test your home for radon today." With the website www.epa.gov/radon at the bottom.January is National Radon Action Month.

As we got to know Nancy Holmquist from Cary (ME) Medical Center during Focused Outreach last year, we learned more about projects and programs Cary has implemented around radon education and mitigation.

But what is radon? What are radon’s health effects? And what are the prevention and mitigation options?

What is radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless inert gas that naturally occurs in trace amounts in the atmosphere. Outdoors, it rapidly disperses, but inside homes, schools and workplaces radon can become trapped after entering through holes and cracks in the foundation.

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How does radon affect health?

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.

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What can you do?

Información acerca del radón en español

Enero es el Mes Nacional de Acción contra el Radón

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