Radon: Measures and Data
Why should I be concerned about radon?
- Living in a home with radon for an extended period of time can cause cancer. Protect yourself and your family from this environmental hazard by testing and making changes in your home if radon is present.
- Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that we cannot see, smell, taste, or touch.
- Radon gas seeping into your home is a risk no matter where you live.
- The only way to know if you are living with radon is to test by purchasing a kit from your local hardware store.
- Use the Indoor Radon Test Results Map to find out test results near where you live.
How does radon gas in my home affect my health?
- Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, the risk is highest when an individual smokes and is exposed to radon.
- The Environmental Protection Agency reports that 12 percent of lung cancers are caused by radon exposure. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. That is about 20,000 deaths per year nationwide.
- Protect your health! You can test your home for radon gas for the cost of a home testing kit purchased from your local hardware store.
- If you do have high levels of radon in your home, there are many ways to make changes to protect your health. Some may be as simple as opening basement windows. For more information, download the Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction.