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New York State Department of Health urges homeowners to check for radon during National Radon Action Month


NEW YORK (WKBW) – Protect Your Home and Family ‌from Radon

January is National Radon Action Month, and the New ​York State Department of Health is ‌urging homeowners to take ⁣action by testing‌ for radon. Radon‌ is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that ⁣can seep into buildings and pose a serious health risk.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas⁤ that ‌is found in soil and rock. It ‍can enter homes through‌ cracks‌ in the foundation, walls, and joints, and can accumulate⁢ to ⁤dangerous levels.

The Dangers of Radon

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has identified radon as the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers, claiming the lives of about 21,000 people each year. This silent killer is undetectable without proper testing.

“Radon is known as ‌a silent killer because you can’t see, taste,‌ or smell it in the home,⁤ but the good news is there’s an easy way to test ⁢for it. Testing‌ for⁤ radon should be done in the home, as well as in businesses, schools, and other ⁢buildings, so ‌when radon is detected steps can be taken to mitigate exposure to this serious health risk.”

– State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald

Take Action

The NYSDOH recommends testing for radon during the winter months when windows and doors are closed and there is less fresh air flowing. It is ‌also advised to test every‍ five years and re-test after remodeling, weatherizing, ⁢or after radon mitigation.

Get Your Free Radon Test

Homeowners in New York State can order one free radon test, while supplies last,‌ by ⁤visiting ‍the NYSDOH website. Don’t wait until it’s too late, take action to⁢ protect your home and family from the dangers ‍of radon.

Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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  1. Good punctuation and grammar, agree: Radon is a serious health risk that shouldn’t be ignored. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so checking for radon is definitely a wise decision.


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