Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas occurring naturally in the environment. It can seep into homes through cracks in floors, walls, and foundations. Although it’s normal to have some radon in your California home, it can be dangerous if present at high levels. That’s why it’s so important to test your home for radon.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to test their homes for radon, much less about the potential dangers of radon, which is why January is National Radon Action Month.
The Dangers of Radon Exposure
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, claiming more than 21,000 lives each year. Those who smoke are even more at risk if they live in a home with elevated radon levels. It’s worth noting that the average level of radon found indoors is 1.3 picocuries per liter, about four times what’s found outdoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, any level of more than 4.0 picocuries per liter of air is considered a health hazard.
Information on How To Test Your Home For Radon
Testing your home for radon is the only way to know if you have a radon problem. One way to test the levels of radon in your home is to hire a professional tester. You can find a qualified tester by:
- Contacting the California state radon office.
- Contacting a private radon proficiency program for certified testers in your area.
Another option is to purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit. Short-term tests can last anywhere from two days to seven days. They work by using activated charcoal to absorb the radon particles in your air so they can be measured. Long-term tests last more than 90 days and will give you a better idea of your home’s average radon level over time.
Once you complete the test, you’ll need to send it out to an approved laboratory to receive the results.
Test Your California Home for Radon
Ensure the safety and health of your home by testing your home for radon. For more safety awareness advice and information, visit The Benefits Store today.