Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County Council today issued a joint proclamation designating January as Radon Action Month in Montgomery County. The proclamation is designed to raise awareness of the dangers posed to residents by radon, which is the second-leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the greatest cause of lung cancer among those who do not smoke.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas that is found at elevated levels in at least one-third of Montgomery County homes in all parts of the County. The gas is released from soils and disperses outdoors, but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings.
Residents are encouraged to test for radon in their homes using a simple and inexpensive test. Radon test kits can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores or directly from radon testing companies. Many are priced under $25. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors, with repairs typically costing between $800 and $2,500.
Montgomery County was the first jurisdiction in the country to adopt a radon-resistant building code in 1990.
For more information on radon, testing, mitigation and radon-resistant new construction, call 311 or visit the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep and click on “Air.” Additional information is also available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website at www.epa.gov/radon.
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