What is Radon?
Radon is radioactive gas that you can’t smell or see. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil And is found in outdoor and indoor air. According to the National Cancer Institute, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US behind cigarette smoking. Radon is responsible for over 21,000 deaths per year.
Although radon gas is everywhere, we need to be aware of the level of radon in our homes. According to the EPA, an acceptable level of radon is between 2 and 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).
Should I Test My Home for Radon?
Although radon is present everywhere it’s most dangerous in your home because this is where you and your family have the highest exposure. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested. Any exposure value over 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) should be corrected.
EPA: Home Buyer's & Seller's Guide to Radon