Radon is normally dispersed in outdoor air, but can reach harmful levels when it enters buildings though cracks in foundations, particularly in the winter months when homes and other buildings are closed up and heated.
Radon gas has been found in most parts of the country and has been identified in high concentrations in several counties in Maryland including Carroll, Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, Frederick, Harford and Washington, according to information provided by the EPA and various state and county health departments. All they do is simply peel off the label, you set it about over 20 inches off the ground in your lowest livable level of your home. Test your home for Radon today. The Lincoln County Health Department recommends testing for radon if you have never tested your home before or during real estate transactions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 21,000 radon-induced lung cancer deaths nationally each year.
The Surgeon General advises, in a press release to NBC26, that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and that radon combined with cigarette smoke poses an increased risk of lung cancer.
And if your test may have come back negative a few years ago, she recommends to continue to test your home in the future to avoid any harm. The good news is that exposure to radon gas is preventable. Using census data, this translates to five people dying annually from radon-induced lung cancer in our region. But the only way to know if radon is present is to test it. "It would be less likely to find radon in that soil, but it shows you how the whole state of Colorado is at risk". "Testing for radon is simple and affordable", Marshall said.
If supplies run out, radon tests can be purchased from the American Lung Association by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA or at a local hardware store. Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program.
Homes with radon levels of four (4) picocuries per Liter (4 pCi/L) or higher should be fixed. Such systems should be installed by a certified mitigation contractor.