RadonAway Saves Lives One Fan - and One Donation - at a Time

For National Radon Action Month, RadonAway is collecting, and matching, donations to CanSAR in support of the nonprofit organization's efforts to raise public awareness and reduce the risk of radon-induced lung cancer, which claims 21,000 lives annually in the U.S. alone.

​​​​Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc., through its RadonAway® division, is the world’s leading radon fan manufacturer. From its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Ward Hill, Massachusetts, and its shipping facilities in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado and Ontario, Canada, and the UK, Spruce provides life-saving radon fans to professionals throughout the world.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January as National Radon Action Month. Although radon is a year-round concern, a Class A carcinogen that causes more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States alone, the EPA  designates this one month as a time to remind the public that hazardous radon levels can be present in any home – old or new, single family or multifamily. Lung cancer caused by exposure to radon can be prevented, usually through the installation of a radon mitigation system. For these reasons, EPA recommends that every home be tested for radon.

Radon is a year-round concern, a Class A carcinogen that causes more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States alone.

Spruce, an Energy Star® partner, is particularly interested in making indoor air safer and is taking additional action during National Radon Action Month (NRAM).  To kick off its campaign, the company started at home, distributing radon test kits to employees to encourage them to test their own homes. Spruce will also be working with employees who learn that their homes have high radon levels to remedy this health hazard.

Next, RadonAway is encouraging customers to donate to Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) by pledging to match their donations to reach a goal of $25,000. CanSAR, a nonprofit organization, was co-founded by Elizabeth Hoffmann to provide a voice for radon-induced lung cancer victims.  Liz, who fought a 10-year battle against the disease before succumbing herself in 2013, was a powerful advocate for radon awareness and testing who spoke many times about radon risk to local groups, state legislators, and the U.S. Congress. CanSAR’s volunteers and advocates continue her fight to save lives by reducing radon risk in homes.

Some states, such as Illinois and Minnesota, with the help of CanSAR volunteers, have passed Radon Awareness bills. Both of those states have experienced tremendous increases in radon testing and, when needed, mitigating; Minnesota saw a 400 percent increase in radon testing after that state’s 2014 bill was passed.

RadonAway is promoting donations to CanSAR and radon awareness through its website, an email campaign, and social media. The end goal is twofold: Encourage all homeowners to test for radon, and help CanSAR to continue its efforts so that more friends and loved ones will not be lost to an insidious, preventable disease.