The following chart shows the risk to smokers, non-smokers and the general population based on average radon 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.
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. Click Here to purchase an at home test.
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.
Homes 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. Click here for more information about our mitigation services.
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.
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.
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:
What do the colors mean?
Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter)(red zones) Highest Potential
Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones) Moderate Potential
Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones)