|Posted:||January 19, 2021 04:22 PM|
|From:||Representative Tim Briggs|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Radon Action Month in PA|
|Radon gas is odorless and invisible, yet it may be a problem in your home or school.
Radon comes from the decay of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon is prevalent throughout a large portion of Pennsylvania. While it is naturally occurring, it becomes problematic when this gas gets trapped and accumulates inside building structures. As such, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure inside your home, where you spend most of your time. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home is easy and can help prevent unnecessary exposure. Many do-it-yourself hardware stores carry radon test kits. If a high radon level is detected in your home using one of these kits, in most cases there are inexpensive steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family. January is National Radon Action Month, whereby the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon. My legislation designates January 2021 as Radon Action Month in Pennsylvania, thereby encouraging all Pennsylvanians to test for radon pollution where they live, work, and go to school.