About 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States have a level of radon that is too high. Breathing in radon over time can cause lung cancer, especially if you smoke. If the radon level in your home is high, you can take steps to fix it.
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see or smell. There is usually very little radon in the air outside, but sometimes radon can build up indoors.
If you are breathing in too much radon, you won’t feel sick or have any symptoms right away. Testing your home is the only way to know if there’s a radon problem.
You can test your home yourself by purchasing a test kit from your hardware store or you can hire a professional to do it for you.
If your radon levels come up with a 4 or higher you must have a professional come in and find and fix the problem. Be sure to hire a licensed contractor.
For more information on radon gas call The National Radon Hotline at 1-800-767-7236.