(A Citizen's Guide to Radon)
The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon
- Radon Facts*
- EPA Recommendations for Radon
- Overview About Radon
- How Does Radon Get Into Your Home?
- How to Test Your Home for Radon
- Short-term Testing for Radon
- Long-term Testing for Radon
- How to Use a Radon Test Kit
- What Your Test Results Mean
- Radon and Home Sales
- Radon in Water
- How to Lower the Radon Levels in Your Home
- The Risk of Living With Radon
- Radon Risk Charts
- Radon Myths
- For Further Information
- Find a local Doctor in your town
*Radon facts medical author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
- Radon is a radioactive gas that is known to cause cancers.
- Radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S.
- Radon is produced from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
- Radon is found all over the U.S. It can be detected in any type of building - homes, offices, and schools.
- It is impossible to smell or taste radon.
- Radon enters a home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. It builds up inside buildings.
- Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
- Testing for radon is easy. Both short-term and long-terms testing devices are available.
- It is possible to reduce radon levels in the home if they are found to be elevated.
EPA Recommends for Radon
- Test your home for radon - it's easy and inexpensive.
- Fix your home if your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L, or higher.
- Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced.
Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.
* Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). The numbers of deaths from other causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2005-2006 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2006 National Safety Council Reports.
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