Facts & Resources

Lifetime Risk of Lung Cancer Death (per person) from Radon Exposure in Homes

This chart shows the risk to smokers, non-smokers and the general population based on average radon gas exposure. Guidelines for most environmental pollutants regulate exposure levels to at least 1 in 1,000,000 deaths. Notice that even at very low exposure levels, radon still kills many more people than one in a million. You need to get your home radon level as low as possible to get your home radon level as low as possible.

Radon Gas

Lifetime Risk of Lung Cancer Death (per person) from Radon Exposure in Homes

This chart shows the risk to smokers, non-smokers and the general population based on average radon gas exposure. Guidelines for most environmental pollutants regulate exposure levels to at least 1 in 1,000,000 deaths. Notice that even at very low exposure levels, radon still kills many more people than one in a million. You need to get your home radon level as low as possible to get your home radon level as low as possible.

Radon Gas

Myth 1: Radon testing devices are not reliable and are difficult to find

FACT: Reliable radon tests are available on this site from Healthy Homes. Results are sent in and evaluated by an independent, neutral testing facility.

Myth 2: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

FACT: All the major health organizations (like Center for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, and the American Medical Association) agree that radon gas causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year.

Myth 3: Home with radon gas problems cannot be fixed.

FACT: Radon levels can be lowered in homes through the use of a qualified mitigation contractor such as Healthy Homes.

Myth 4: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT: High radon gas levels have been found in every state. The only way to know a home’s radon level is to test.

Myth 5: A neighbor's test result is a good indication of whether your home has a radon problem.

FACT: It is not. Radon levels vary from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

RADON MYTHS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RADON MYTHS AND FACTS, PLEASE VISIT ONE OF THE QUALIFIED RESOURCE SITES SUCH AS WWW.EPA.GOV AND REQUEST A FREE “HOME BUYER’S AND SELLER’S GUIDE TO RADON.”

Qualified Resources for Radon testing, general information and mitigation:

RADON MYTHS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RADON MYTHS AND FACTS, PLEASE VISIT ONE OF THE QUALIFIED RESOURCE SITES SUCH AS WWW.EPA.GOV AND REQUEST A FREE “HOME BUYER’S AND SELLER’S GUIDE TO RADON.”

Qualified Resources for Radon testing, general information and mitigation:

Myth 1: Radon testing devices are not reliable and are difficult to find

FACT: Reliable radon tests are available on this site from Healthy Homes. Results are sent in and evaluated by an independent, neutral testing facility.

Myth 2: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

FACT: All the major health organizations (like Center for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, and the American Medical Association) agree that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year.

Myth 3: Home with radon problems cannot be fixed.

FACT: Radon levels can be lowered in homes through the use of a qualified mitigation contractor such as Healthy Homes.

Myth 4: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state. The only way to know a home’s radon level is to test.

Myth 5: A neighbor's test result is a good indication of whether your home has a radon problem.

FACT: It is not. Radon levels vary from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

Radon Gas
Radon Gas

EPA MAP OF RADON ZONES

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Resources

For more information, please visit these credible sites:

These Downloads might be helpful in your research about Radon:

  • Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction*
  • health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/goldstand/goldbrochure.pdf*
  • EPA Citizen’s Guide to Radon*
  • EPA Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon*
  • http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/realestatemarketing.pdf*