The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) has designated January as
“National Radon Action Month”. Many folks are unaware of Radon and its
What is Radon?
Radon is a
naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is a byproduct of uranium when
the uranium breaks down. It is released from natural sources such as
rock, soil, and even water.
Where is Radon found?
Since Radon is made from natural sources, it occurs basically everywhere and we are all constantly exposed to it.
Since Radon is found everywhere, why should I be concerned about it?
Radon is found everywhere at low levels, it can reach much higher
levels indoors. The Radon that is produced outdoors seeps into the home
through cracks and openings and then collects and concentrates indoors.
What will too much Radon do to me?
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
How much is too much Radon exposure?
If the indoor levels of Radon reach 4 picoCuries per liter of air, this is the alert level as set by the EPA.
How can I find out about my own Radon exposure?
is colorless, flavorless and odorless. For these reasons, the only way
to know if you have significant levels of Radon in your home, you must
get a test.
Are there people who specialize in testing for Radon?
can contact your state Radon office to get a list of qualified Radon
testers. Florida’s Radon office is part of the Florida Department of
Health, Division of Environmental Health. The other option is to test
your home with a home kit which can be purchased at a home improvement
or hardware store.
If I find out that I have been exposed to too much Radon, what should I do?
are home improvements you can make to decrease your indoor Radon
levels. You can contact your state Radon office for a list of qualified
Are there any special medical tests that I should undergo?
this time, there are no specific medical tests that are recommended
across the board for people who have been exposed to radon. Of course,
you should discuss your Radon exposure with your doctor to see if your
specific situation warrants additional medical investigation.
Is there anything else I can do to protect myself from Radon exposure?
main thing that anyone can do is to eliminate exposure to tobacco
smoke. Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer and the effects
of radon worsen the effects of smoking. In comparison, smoking is
definitely worse and so you must eliminate your exposure to first hand
and second hand smoke.