Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to the EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes.
You can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home.
High radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. Smoking increases this risk exponentially. This risk includes current and former smokers.
A cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
Radon forms naturally from the decay of radioactive elements found at different levels in soil and rock. It can move into the air and water.
Radon is in the air we breathe, so it is not possible to avoid it completely, but you can reduce your exposure.
More than 4 pCi/L
2 - 4 pCi/L
Less than 2 pCi/L
4.0 pCi/L is the EPA's ACTION LEVEL. Take steps to reduce the radon in your home.
This map depicts very general radon levels, and high radon exists in every state. Hire a professional to determine actual radon levels in your home.
How can you make sure your home is
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Take action if your home has radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or higher. Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly! Some remediation systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%.
Check with your state radon office for names of qualified or certified radon contractors.
Start by having the radon levels in your home tested by a professional.
If you've tested your home's air and found a radon problem, and your water comes from a well, have your water tested too.
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