Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Nationwide about 22,000 people die each year from lung cancer that can be attributed to radon. About 2900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. And, about 800 of these deaths occur in Georgia. A smoker who is exposed to high radon levels in their home is 10 to 20 percent more likely to develop lung cancer.
Radon is often referred to as the silent killer. You cannot see, smell or taste it. Radon is a natural, radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found in most soils. It is colorless and odorless. Any home, with or without a basement, can have a high level of radon. Once inside the home, it becomes trapped and can accumulate over time. The EPA recommends testing your home every two years or after a large renovation project.
Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk. It is easy to test your home’s radon level. For a radon test kit, contact your county Cooperative Extension office or order one on line at www.ugaradon.com. Get a kit today and you’re your home.
Radon is measured by picocuries per liter in air. A reading above four picocuries is considered dangerous and you should take action. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem and protect yourself and your family.
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