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Monday, January 11, 2010

Radon: You Can’t See, Smell or Taste It, But …

It’s the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

Healthy Child Healthy World

Eddie had never heard of radon until his doctor diagnosed him with radon-induced lung cancer. He didn’t smoke, so the diagnosis was entirely unexpected. Eddie quickly learned that you can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it can be present at a dangerous level in your home.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Four Things You Can Do

1. Test your home.

  • The US EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive.
  • Purchase a test kit from your local home improvement or hardware store. Many kits are priced under $25.00. You can also order them from the National Radon Program Services at Kansas State University (KSU) or radon testing companies.
  • Open the package, place the radon detector in a designated area, and, after a set number of days, send the detector back to a lab for analysis. The lab will then inform you of your radon test results.
  • Another option is to hire a qualified tester.
  • For additional information on obtaining test kits and test kit coupons, visit National Radon Program Services. Contact your state radon program – details available from the EPA at”Where You Live” – for more information about obtaining test kits from your state or from a radon testing company or laboratory in your area.

2. Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area.

  • Look for radon events in your community. Contact your state radon program for more information about local radon activities.

3. Spread the word.

4. Buy a radon-resistant home.

Learn more by calling 1-800-SOS-RADON.

Information provided by the US EPA National Radon Action Month campaign.

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