Radon: Myths vs Facts

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January is National Radon Action Month. To ensure your home is protected, we’ve listed a few things you may not know about radon. Make sure you know the facts before you take action.

 

Myth: Radon isn’t dangerous.

Fact: Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers and is responsible for 21,000 deaths in the United States each year. Because it is an odorless gas, we can’t see, smell, or taste it – meaning, we can’t detect high radon levels in our home using our senses alone.

 

Myth: New homes don’t require radon testing.

Fact: No home is exempt. From mid-century to new construction, homes of all types need to be tested for radon – it’s the only way you’ll know your radon exposure levels.

 

Myth: My neighbor’s home has low radon levels, so mine must have low levels, too.

Fact: Radon levels vary from house to house. Your next-door neighbor may have a completely different radon level.

 

Myth: My house tested low for radon a few years ago – I don’t need another test.

Fact: Actually, the EPA recommends that you test your home’s radon levels every two years to make sure levels remain low. Retest your home’s radon levels if it has been renovated since its last radon test.

 

Myth: I don’t need a professional to test my home’s radon levels – I can do it myself.

Fact: This isn’t entirely false, but it’s not entirely true either. There are plenty of “do-it-yourself” testing kits you can use, but it is highly recommended that you hire a professional who specializes in radon testing.

 

Myth: Radon testing is expensive and takes too long.

Fact: Actually, radon testing is relatively inexpensive. The testing device monitors your home’s radon levels and typically takes 2-5 days.

 

Myth: I’ve lived in my house for a long period of time – it wouldn’t matter if I tested it now.

Fact: Long-term radon exposure can cause lung cancer. It’s never too late to protect your family and home from high radon levels.

 

Unsure about your home’s radon levels? Find your local BPG Inspector.

 

Radon resources

Find information on local radon zones and state contact information

Health and environmental agencies across the country

Radon Contractor Checklist

Radon Fact Sheet