Radon and indoor air quality monitor maker Airthings is debuting an in-store special edition of its Digital Radon Detector in 545 Home Depot locations spanning 33 states, in time for Fire & Safety Month in October.
The Airthings Digital Radon Detector is engineered to detect radon, the radioactive gas which the company states is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The gas poses a significant health and safety concern to homeowners, especially those located in high-risk geographic regions such as Colorado, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Illinois. The gas enters homes through cracks in the earth’s surface, accumulating in indoor spaces with poor ventilation, and the long-term effects of radon exposure can be deadly, accounting for around 21,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone, says the company – more than six times the amount of deaths as carbon monoxide poisoning and home fires combined. Since radon levels fluctuate, the only way to gather an accurate understanding is through continuous monitoring, which The Home Depot’s new Airthings Digital Radon Detector achieves. Smoke detectors are found under every single roof and are a requirement of most state building codes, but most people are not aware that there are 37 states that have disclosure laws about radon levels.
The battery-operated device provides continuous short- and long-term radon monitoring in any indoor space, eliminating the need for mail-in lab fees and hired contractors or professional testing services.
“The Home Depot has the opportunity to provide education and new technologies to our local communities that help protect the wellbeing of residents everywhere,” said Alex Forte, Associate Merchant for Fire Safety at The Home Depot. “We are thrilled to partner with Airthings to build social awareness around the importance of continuous radon monitoring…”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional time spent in the home office or virtual classroom means more potential exposure to both radon and other indoor air pollutants, such as CO2, humidity, and airborne chemicals that can impact cognitive function, comfort, and health, making an affordable radon monitoring solution that is available to a wide audience an an asset to public health, says the company.
An expanded assortment of Airthings smart indoor air quality monitors and radon detectors is viewable at airthings.com.