Radon: The Silent Killer - It's Radon Awareness Month in NC

Unveiling the Silent Threat: Radon Awareness Month in North Carolina - Get a FREE Test Kit Today!

As homeowners, we often focus on visible threats to our well-being, but there's an invisible danger that lurks beneath our homes— radon gas. January marks Radon Awareness Month in North Carolina, shedding light on the importance of testing for this colorless, odorless gas that can seep into homes and pose a serious health risk.  Years ago, we did not see many homebuyers electing to do an radon time at time of purchase.  Over the last 3-5 years it has become as automatic as a general inspection or a termite inspection. 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms from the decay of uranium in soil and rock. In North Carolina, where the presence of radon is not uncommon and seems to have not rhyme or reason as to which property has it.  It is more wide spread in areas where the soil tends to be more rocky like mountainous areas.  Here is an interactive map showing the concentration areas, but it is random and everywhere.  

The state of North Carolina has taken proactive measures to raise awareness and encourage testing. This initiative comes as a crucial step in protecting residents, especially first-time or recent homebuyers who may be unaware of this hidden hazard.

To support this cause, the state of North Carolina is offering free radon test kits throughout the month of January. Securing your free test kit is a simple yet impactful way to ensure the safety of your home and family.

Why should first time homeowners, recent homeowners and even those who have been in their home for many years pay attention to radon?  Radon exposure is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the risk is heightened in enclosed spaces like homes. It is estimated that 21,000 people die each year from lung cancer resulting from radon.  For those embarking on the homeownership journey in North Carolina, it's essential to prioritize the well-being of your loved ones by taking advantage of this opportunity.

Obtaining a free radon test kit is a straightforward process. Visit the official website of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and follow the instructions to request your kit. The test is user-friendly and provides accurate results, giving you peace of mind about the air quality in your new home.

Make radon testing a priority this Radon Awareness Month. It's a small step that can have a significant impact on the safety and longevity of your homeownership journey. Don't let the silent threat of radon jeopardize your well-being—act now and breathe easy in your new home.

If you really want to go deep on radon, watch this lunch and learn video from the NC State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

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