Huntington Beach, California, January 6, 2023
January is recognized as National Radon Action Month and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that the cold winter months are the best time of year to test for this odorless and colorless gas. The agency also reports that there is no known safe level of exposure to radon since lung cancer can result from low exposures to it.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is released in rock, soil and water. In homes and other buildings, it can accumulate to dangerous levels as it moves up through the ground to the indoor air through cracks and other holes in the foundation. In some situations, radon can also enter through well water. Knowing the radon level indoors, where people spend a considerable amount of time, is important because when building occupants breathe in radon, radioactive particles from it can get trapped in the lungs.
“The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This is important because EPA also states that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America, claiming the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. This is why LA Testing supports the efforts of National Radon Action Month. Our laboratories have been providing radon testing services and easy-to-use test kits to California residents for years. These affordable tests help to provide crucial information regarding exposure risks and if radon mitigation techniques should be put in place.”
LA Testing sponsored an educational video about National Radon Action Month a few years ago that can still be seen at: https://youtu.be/SAOP0zz6yjo
To learn more about radon or other indoor environmental quality, occupational, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to radon and other IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for environmental and indoor air quality testing of radon, asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.