DON'T BE A MORON LIVING WITH RADON!

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WHAT IS RADON??

  • Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, invisible, and RADIOACTIVE gas
  • Once it's inhaled, the radioactive particles can damage cells that line the lungs

YOU CAN GET CANCER FROM RADON?!

  • YES, you can get cancer from a gas
  • Behind smoking, exposure to radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer
  • Every year approximately 21,000 people die from radon-related lung cancer deaths each year, 2,900 of which are those that have NEVER smoked before

WHO'S AT RISK??

EVERYONE.


  • Both adults, children, males, females, and people of all ages and races are at risk of damage from radon's radioactive gas
  • Your location does not matter- any state, any home

DO YOU SMOKE??

  • Smokers are at a higher risk of getting lung cancer with smoking and radon exposure
  • It is recommended to stop smoking once exposed to high amounts of radon and contact your doctor to test for lung cancer
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RADON LEVELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!

  • All states are effected by radon, some more than others
  • Red: Above 4 pCi/L
  • Yellow: 2 pCi/L- 4 pCi/L
  • Green: Less than 2 pCi/L
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RADON RISK FOR NON-SMOKERS!!

  • Non-smokers are still at risk of getting lung cancer from radon exposure
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WHERE IS IT AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM??

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Radon is found both inside and outside your home!

Some common sources of radon are:

  • Soil outside or underneath your home
  • Water wells
  • Cracks in foundation walls and floors
  • Gaps in flooring
  • Fireplaces
  • Furnaces
  • Exterior air vents
  • Rocks like granite
  • Openings to the outside in basements

TEST YOUR HOME!!

  • There are many ways you can get your home tested for radon
  • Various websites offer radon detector testing kits
  • It is recommended that you put it in your basement or the most livable floor area of your home
  • Follow the directions in the kit accordingly

HOW CAN YOU REDUCE RADON LEVELS??

If your home exceeds the 4.0 pCi/L level, you should be aware of how to reduce it using these tips...

  • Have a radon remediation service or a radon mitigation specialist install a soil-suction radon reduction system which takes radon gas from the ground directly into the outside air
  • Seal off any cracks or open spaces between walls, floors, or foundations in your home, especially in your basements to prevent radon gas from entering