January is National Radon Action Month, and the EPA and United States Surgeon General encourage every homeowner to have the air quality in their homes tested. Radon is a natural gas that forms when uranium, thorium, or radium elements break down and decay. This decay occurs in the rocks, soil, and underground water around your home. Because radon is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, most homeowners aren’t even aware of its existence. Yet, this gas shouldn’t be ignored since it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Radon testing from Valley Building Inspections is a crucial first step to protect you and your family. Here are some additional ways you can protect your family and your home.