Radon: The Health Hazard with a Simple Solution
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at www.epa.gov/radon states that, "Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually".
To learn more about Radon, please visit the links below.
Contact your state radon office for information on testing, test kits, fixing your home, and other radon questions.
You can find contact information for your state radon and indoor air quality experts, just click on your state or use the drop down - www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html
Heed The Surgeon General's Warning: Test Your Home
EPA has released a Public Service media campaign for radon. The campaign features the U.S. Surgeon General's warning that radon causes lung cancer and that you should test your home. These TV, radio and print PSA materials are available in English and Spanish. Learn more about EPA's radon public service media campaigns
Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike
Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. The untimely deaths of Peter Jennings and Dana Reeve have raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have never smoked. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon. Learn more about radon health risks
Test Your Home for Radon - It's Easy and Inexpensive
The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested. You can test your home yourself or hire a professional. [En Español] Fix your home if you have a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more [En Español]. Radon test kits are available from the National Safety Council (or call 1-800-SOS-RADON). Some home improvement stores sell test kits. To find a qualified testing or mitigation contractor, contact your state radon office (see our list of state contacts) or either of the national private radon programs.