Raising Awareness of Radon in Everyday Homes

High counts of Radon are found in 1 out of every 5 homes

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that you can't see, smell, or taste. It is the second leading cause of cancer in the United States next to smoking by inhalation and digestion. Over time, high levels of Radon can become extremely dangerous. It is all around us and we are unaware of its potential danger. Studies show that children are actually more susceptible and sensitive to Radon, especially if they are living in a house exposed to second-hand smoke.

Testing for Radon

The only way to know if you have high levels of Radon in your home is to test for it. You have the option of calling in a professional or doing it yourself.

Making your on Radon Tester

  1. Buy a charcoal filled canister.
  2. Put it in the lowest living space in your home (generally the basement).
  3. Keep it there for the standard 4-7 days or for a more accurate result 90 days.
  4. Either send it in to a manufacture or buy your own beeping radon tester.
  5. Wait for the manufacturer to send back in your results by mail.

Eliminating radon out of your home

There are many different ways to get rid of Radon. Here are three of some of the easiest you can get done.

1. Sealing Radon Out

  • By sealing cracks and openings you can reduce the flow of Radon that seeps into your house.

2.Covering exposed earth

  • By covering and sealing places like storage areas, drain areas, sumps, and cold rooms in basements, you can reduce the flow of Radon.

3.Natural Ventilation

  • By replacing Radon-laden indoor air with outdoor air and neutralizing pressure you can reduce Radon flow. The easiest way you can do this is by opening windows.

Sources: http://www.radonleaders.org/poster_materials http://www.radon.com/radon/radon_facts.html http://www.abe.iastate.edu/extension-and-outreach/radon-reduction-methods-a-homeowners-guide/