Abingdon, MD, January 7th, 2013 -- January has been designated National Radon Action Month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Radon is a major health concern in many parts of the United States and Canada.
According to the EPA, “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 20,000 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.”
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The gas can move up through the soil and penetrate buildings through cracks, sumps and other holes in a building’s slab or foundation. Once inside, it can result in concentrated levels that people then breathe.
“Elevated radon levels can be found in many parts of North America,” reported Bruce Jacobs, CIH, President of IAQ Index, a leading radon and indoor air quality (IAQ) test kit provider. “Testing is the only way to know if it presents a risk in homes, schools or businesses. IAQ Index’s radon test kit helps people follow the EPA’s advice of testing for radon with a quick, accurate and affordable test kit.”
An online video discussing how indoor air quality contaminants can be detected utilizing test kits can be seen at:
About IAQ Index
IAQ Index was developed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist with decades of experience dealing with indoor air quality issues. IAQ Index was developed as a health-based, easy-to-understand, air quality index that is calculated from data generated for various parameters commonly measured during IAQ surveys. The approach is similar to the EPA’s Air Quality Index that has been used historically to communicate the risks posed by common pollutants in the ambient air.