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WHAT IS RADON GAS AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Radon a radioactive, odorless, colorless, tasteless gas which cannot be detected without a radon test, specifically. It is caused by uranium in soils decaying which creates the radioactive gas – Radon – that is attributed to causing over 20,000 deaths per year, according to the EPA. Radon gas is noxious throughout the U.S.A.

Your home is a trap for radon gas, allowing it to build up and preventing it from dissipating into the air naturally. Radon can enter through unsealed crawl spaces, cracks in floors and foundation, and the water supply.

Radon levels at or above 4.0pCi/L are harmful in your home. The EPA recommends you begin with a short-term test and follow it with a second short-term test or a long-term test. The sooner you start your testing process, the sooner you can fix the problem if you have it.

You may not notice it, but your home could be giving you lung cancer. Call now: 303-952-4045

The EPA says:

“You should test for radon.

Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools.”

 

“This means new and old homes,

well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements [are at risk for elevated radon levels].”

EPA – “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon”

 

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SURGEON GENERAL HEALTH ADVISORY

“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.” January 2005

Children have been reported to have greater risk than adults of certain types of cancer from radiation, but there are currently no conclusive data on whether children are at greater risk than adults from radon.

Your chances of getting lung cancer from radon depend mostly on:

  1. How much radon is in your home
  2. The amount of time you spend in your home
  3. Whether you are a smoker or have ever smoked
U.S. EPA

U.S. EPA ASSESSMENT OF RISKS FROM RADON IN HOME

In June 2003, the EPA revised its risk assessment for radon exposure in homes. EPA estimates that about 21,000 annual lung cancer deaths are radon related. EPA also concluded that the effects of radon and cigarette smoking are synergistic, so that smokers are at higher risk from radon. EPA’s revised estimates are based on the National Academy of Sciences 1999 BEIR IV (Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation) Report which concluded that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. See www.epa.gov/radon/risk_assessment.html.

Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.

U.S. EPA

Deaths PER YEAR Attributed to Radon

Deaths PER DAY Attributed to Radon

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