Radon

Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to
Radon 

The EPA recommends:

  • If you are buying a
    home or selling your home, have it tested for radon. 
     
  • For a new home, ask
    if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has
    been tested. 
     
  • Fix the home if the
    radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. 
     
  • Radon levels less
    than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, may be reduced. 
     
  • Take steps to
    prevent device interference when conducting a radon test.

The EPA estimates that radon
causes thousands of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

 * Radon is
estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

The numbers of deaths from other
causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2002
National Safety Council Reports.

Radon is a cancer-causing,
radioactive gas.

You cannot see, smell or taste
radon. But it still may be a problem in your home.  When you breathe air
containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer.  In fact,
the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second
leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.  If you
smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is
especially high.

You should test for radon.

Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels.
The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third
floor for radon.

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