Briggs: Testing homes for radon is an easy way to reduce risk

H.R. 665 designates January as Radon Action Month in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – January is National Radon Action Month, and state Rep. Tim Briggs reminded residents that testing their home for radon is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce their risk of exposure.

Briggs introduced H.R. 665, which designates January 2020 as Radon Action Month in Pennsylvania.

“You can’t smell, see or taste radon. But the naturally occurring gas is found around Pennsylvania, and when it gets trapped inside a building structure, it becomes a health risk,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “Testing your home for radon is easy and affordable, and it can help prevent serious health problems for you and your family.”

Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer. An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have radon levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action guideline of 4 picocuries per liter, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Last year, Briggs introduced H.B. 1057, which would require school districts to complete a radon test in every school building at least once every five years and notify parents of the level of contamination found, if any. It would also require any newly constructed school buildings to be tested within 19 months of the date of occupancy, and any remodeled school buildings to be tested within 19 months of remodeling completion.

“When it comes to keeping our children safe, we should take every precaution we can,” Briggs said.

More information on radon in Pennsylvania is available at www.dep.pa.gov/radon

Below: Rep. Briggs met with the advocacy group Women for a Healthy Environment to discuss radon.