What Is Radon? Radon.com
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon,
but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General 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, you're at high risk for developing
lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children
may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate
and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation
How to determine if it is in your house.
Radon can be found all over the U.S. You should test for radon.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.
EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor
for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools.
Testing is inexpensive and easy — it should only take a few minutes of your
time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon (see How
to Test Your Home).
You can fix a radon problem.
Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction
systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels
can be reduced to acceptable levels.