What is Radon and How Can You Protect Your Family?
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It 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 second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 21,000 lives annually (source: usepa.gov/radon). Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. If your home tests high for radon you should have a radon mitigation system installed to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer and/or other issues.