10 facts you must know about Colorado radon gas.
- Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas. It is the by-product of the breakdown of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water.
- Radon gas is odorless, colorless, and invisible.
- It has been found in homes all over the United States, getting into the air you breathe.
- Radon levels vary from home to home. Just because your neighbor’s home is safe doesn’t mean yours is.
- The EPA and the World Health Organization (WHO) consider radon a carcinogen that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the world and the first leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
- Health effects of radon exposure take years to develop. There are no early symptoms to provide warning.
- Radon testing is the only way to know how much radon you are exposed to in your home.
- You can test for radon yourself with simple kits available at retailers and county health departments.
- Elevated radon levels equal 4.0 pCi/L or more. The EPA recommends mitigation if test results meet or exceed this level.
- Radon mitigation works and techniques are not prohibitively expensive.
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