Radon and Your Home
We wanted to share with you this article from the EPA on radon and what you need to know. Plus, learn how radon-resistant features in new homes are helping to save lives.
- Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in soil and rock. It seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation, walls and joints.
- In some parts of the country, groundwater can be a major source of radon. All homes should be tested for radon.
- Learn more about radon in groundwater and drinking water.
- Among non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
- Lung cancer due to radon exposure claims about 21,000 U.S. lives annually, based on EPA estimates.
- More information about radon exposure and lung cancer.
- In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon-related lung cancer.
- Using common materials and straightforward techniques, builders can construct new homes that are resistant to radon entry.
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