Radon Action Week starts Monday, Oct. 20 and is designed to bring awareness to the dangerous gas that can cause lung cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA classifies radon gas as a carcinogen and estimates that radon in homes accounts for 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year.
The World Health Organization has also said that radon poses a worldwide health risk inside homes.
In the Heartland, most areas fall under a moderate risk for radon gas. However, there are parts of the state of Missouri that see an elevated risk of radon in homes, according to the EPA.
Radon can impact nearly any home that has a basement, cracks in the foundation, a sump pump or a floor drain as the gas comes from decomposing elements in the soil that can then come into the home through those areas.
Home kits can test for radon gas levels, are fairly inexpensive and easy to use and can be found at home improvement stores.
Click here to learn more about Radon Action Week and what you can do to protect your home and your family.