Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America. Do you know how to protect yourself and your family from the effects of radon?
Where Does Radon Come From?
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the earth from the decay of uranium found in nearly all soil types. Radon generally seeps into homes through cracks and holes in the foundation. Homes trap radon inside and can cause a radon build-up in some situations. Radon can also sometimes be found in water supplies.
Some areas of the U.S. have higher radon levels than others, with the most concentrated levels found in the Northeast and the Midwest United States.
What Can I Do to Protect My Family From Radon Exposure?
Radon tests are available at most home improvement stores. It’s wise to consider conducting a radon test in your home to assure that radon levels are below the minimum safety standard set by the EPA.
If the radon levels in your home are higher than is deemed safe by the EPA, a qualified radon mitigation contractor can help show you ways you can lower radon levels in your home to safe levels. The EPA Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction can show you more about reducing radon levels in your home.
For more information, see the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Radon.