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Answers to Questions About Radon

Here's a handy widget with frequently asked questions and answers about radon. To view an answer, just click on its "Answer" to see more. The questions and answers on this page were collected from research and public information resources by the federal, state and county governments, plus health organizations whose goal it is to increase awareness of the importance of reducing your exposure to radon.

Only a radon test can tell. That's because you can not smell or see radon. Test for radon in the lowest level of your home where people spend time. You may be able to get a free test kit from your county government, or buy a radon test kit online, or at home improvement stores.
 
Exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. That's because the tiny radioactive particles in radon can lodge in the lining of the lungs, and the radiation can damage lung cells, causing lung cancer.
 
Radon is natural. This colorless, odorless, radioactive gas forms naturally from radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in soil and rock everywhere in the world. Then, radon gas can move into the air and water, and seep into our basements and living spaces.
 
Although radon can build up in any home, not all houses have high radon levels. However, the EPA estimates that 1 in 3 homes have high enough radon levels to pose a health risk.
 
Any style of home, with or without basement, can have a radon problem, including old or new, drafty or insulated homes, and all homes with or without basements. That's because any home can draw radon in, even through concrete slab or blocks.
 
Even though the EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L, recommending you take immediate measures to reduce your exposure to radon gas, the EPA says that no level of radon can be considered acceptable (BEIR VI study).
 
Yes. Radon levels change seasonally and also daily. For example, during cold weather, when the ground is covered with snow, the air can't escape the ground outside, so levels above the snow outside may go down; however, at the same time more radon can enter your home through cracks in a basement floor or crawl space. The EPA recommends testing your home on a yearly basis.
 
Rather than being afraid of radon, it's better to learn more and take action to reduce your exposure to it. If you find out that your home has unsafe levels, radon reduction systems are effective and inexpensive. For those who can't afford it, there are government programs by EPA, HUD, counties and others, to help fund radon reduction in homes. The cost of fixing a home ranges from $800 to $2,500 ($1,200 is the national average) and less if you do it yourself.
 
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