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Radon: What You Need to Know

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Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home. This includes new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement. Radon gas is odorless and invisible and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it.

Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer for people who do smoke. The EPA estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the U.S. 

Radon has been found in every state

Homes with high levels of radon have been found in every state. In fact, radon levels can vary greatly from home to home--even levels next door can be very different. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measurement of radioactivity. In the United States, the average indoor radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L. The average outdoor level is about 0.4 pCi/L. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend fixing homes with radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. EPA also recommends that people think about fixing their homes for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.

You should test for radon

Testing your house for radon is easy. Most radon tests last between 2 and 7 days. It’s as easy as opening a package, and putting the test kit in the right place. After sending the test kit back to the address in the package, the company will send your radon test results in about 2 weeks. 

Take action today.

Encourage your friends and family members to do the same! The U.S. Surgeon General recommends ALL homes be tested for radon gas. Many local home improvement or hardware stores sell test kits. Test kits can be ordered online too. Sometimes you can get a test kit from your state radon office.  You also can hire a qualified tester to do a radon test for you. Your state radon program may keep a list of these professionals. 

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Post Date: 4/12/2018



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