Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive
You can't see radon. And you can't smell it
or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. 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. If you smoke
and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung
cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the U.S.
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive)
breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets
into the air you breathe. 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.
How Does Radon Get Into Your Home?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the
natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all
soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the
air above and into your home through cracks and other
holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside,
where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem.
This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty
homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems.
Sometimes radon enters the home through well water (see
"Radon in Water" below). In a small number
of homes, the building materials can give off radon,
too. However, building materials rarely cause radon
problems by themselves.
RADON GETS IN THROUGH:
Cracks in solid floors
Cracks in walls
Gaps in suspended floors
Gaps around service pipes
Cavities inside walls
The water supply
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated
to have elevated radon levels.
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
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