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January is National Radon Action Month

Have you had your home tested for Radon? Find out more about the dangers of radon exposure and how to protect your home.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

A colorless, naturally occurring gas formed by radioactive decay of radium atoms. Radon accumulating in basements and other areas of buildings without proper ventilation has been identified as a leading cause of lung cancer.

About Radon according to the EPA:

  • It's a cancer-causing gas. According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind smoking.

  • Radon is ubiquitous. It's found all over, no part of the U.S. is immune from it.

  • Radon comes from the natural—and radioactive—breakdown of uranium in the earth, and contaminates the air we breathe and the water we drink.

  • Radon can enter buildings through cracks, construction joints, gaps around pipes, wall cavities and the water supply.

  • Our homes pose our greatest risk for radon exposure because we spend the most time there. Every home in the U.S. should be tested, since it's estimated that nearly one out of every 15 have elevated radon levels.

  • Any building that is tested to have a level in excess of 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) should have the radon mitigated. Even the highest levels of radon can be reduced to acceptable levels by a qualified mitigator.

Radon Testing in New York State:

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