Radon Myths By Kristin Hull

Myths of Radon
The start of 2013 brings us to National Radon Month. The EPA has made January National Radon Month in order to bring awareness to this silent danger.
Radon is a tastless odorless gas caused by the decay of Uranium in the soil. It moves into homes from the property’s foundation. Once inside the home, it can build up causing high levels which are hazardous to our health. Every home has a potential of having a radon problem, the only way to find out is by testing.
Although it is not required, the EPA suggests that every home in the United States be tested for radon, has yours been tested?

True or False
*Radon only exists in homes that have a basement or crawl space.
 False: Radon comes from the soil underneath homes. If a property is attached to any foundation or ground, there is a chance for elevated levels of radon.
*Radon is not a big risk to people’s health.
False: The EPA has been studying the effects of radon on the health of people for years. There is an estimaed 20,000 deaths per year in the United states caused by radon. Radon testing is not only recommended by the EPA, but also by the CDC, Surgeon General, American Lung Association and American medical Association, just to name a few.
*Levels of radon below 4.0pCi/L are safe.
 False: The EPA actually recommends that people consider mitigating their homes when the levels are found to be 2-4pCi/L and above. Even after homes have been mitigated, the EPA recommends testing a home every 2 years to see if levels have changed.
All information on this page can be found on the EPA.com website.