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Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, with no immediate health symptoms, but exposure to radon can independently increase your risk of developing lung cancer. The amount of radon in any building can be determined by a simple test. If you have elevated radon levels in your home, the problem can be fixed through well-established venting techniques.
Radon gas is formed from the natural decay of uranium and poses a health risk to humans. If you are a smoker, your risk of developing lung cancer increases with exposure to radon. It’s important to know this risk is preventable. It is recommended that you test your home for radon every two years, and retest any time you move, make structural changes to your home, or occupy a previously unused level of your home. If you have a radon level of 4.0 pCi/L or more, take steps to remedy the problem as soon as possible.
Americans need to know about the risks associated with radon and have the information and tools they need to take action. That is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is actively promoting the U.S. Surgeon General’s advice urging all Americans to get their homes tested for radon. When families find elevated levels in their home, they can take inexpensive steps that will reduce exposure to radon.
An Elevated Level of Radon is defined as any radon level at or above 4.0 pCi/L. However, homes and buildings that have a radon level below 4.0 pCi/L might still pose a health hazard to the occupants. The EPA’s action level of 4.0 pCi/L is based on the technology currently available to reduce the level of radon below 4.0 PCi/L.
The lower the level of radon, the less the risk of developing lung cancer due to prolonged exposure to radon. Your family's risk of developing lung cancer from radon depends on the average annual level of radon in your home and the amount of time you spend there. The longer your exposure to radon, the greater the risk, especially for smokers.
The cost of a home radon mitigation system varies, depending on factors such as the type of foundation (no basement, basement, crawl space, mixed-type foundation). A radon mitigation system can be built into a new home during the construction phase of the home. This is called radon-resistant new construction (RRNC). This type of radon mitigation system is usually less expensive and is more effective than a home already built that is in need of a radon mitigation system.
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Radon Toll-Free Hotlines
1-800-55RADON (1-800-557-2366) for help with your radon questions
1-800-644-6999 Radon Fix-it Hotline, for help with mitigation questions
1-800-438-4318 EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Information Hotline