What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas, a byproduct from the decay of uranium in the soil that occurs naturally all over the world. Radon is in the air you breathe every day and can build up to dangerous levels when the gas is trapped inside our homes and other structures. You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.
The EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon.
Testing is easy and inexpensive. Learn more about testing your home, including how to obtain an easy-to-use test Tell your family and friends about the health risk of radon. Encourage them to test their homes. View or order the EPA’s free radon publications at www.epa.gov/radon/publications-about-radon.
If you are considering buying a new home, look for builders who use radon-resistant new construction. Read more about radon-resistant new construction in “Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Radon-Resistant Homes.”