Could Your Home Be a Risk to Your Health?
Radon Is A Radioactive Gas, Every Home Should Have A Radon Test Done To Know The Radon Levels
Each year, it is responsible for more deaths than brain cancer, melanoma, or bone cancer. People in every state and in every country on the globe are exposed to it usually in their own homes. And while there are daily news reports about the quality of drinking water and warnings of pesticides in food, few people know about the simple, yet effective ways to protect themselves from radon, the second-leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States.
Radon Gas is naturally produced during the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. You can’t see radon. You can’t smell radon and you can’t taste radon. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon’s adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately. Thus you may be exposed to radon for many years without ever suspecting its presence in your home.
What do the colors mean?
Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones) Highest Potential
Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones) Moderate Potential
Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones) Low Potential
This map is not intended to be used to determine if a home in a given zone should be tested for radon. Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all three zones. All homes should be tested regardless of geographic location (per the EPA).
Testing is relatively inexpensive, easy and is the only way to know whether you are at risk. It is recommended that a radon test be performed on all home purchases.