Radon Myths: Part 2

RADON MYTH: I live in an area that doesn’t have any radon problems.

FACT: Some areas of the country have been shown to have lower radon levels on average than others, but serious problems have been found in every State and in many areas that used to be considered low risk.

RADON MYTH: My home is a ________________ (walk-out, ranch, 2 story, split level, slab on grade, etc.) so I won’t have a problem.

FACT: The style of the home has very little to do with radon entry. All structures have negative pressures in the lower half of the building no matter how they are built or how they are designed. No particular style of home is more or less likely to have a radon problem including homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements.The only way to know you have a problem, is to test.

RADON MYTH: Low-level exposure to radon is harmless.

FACT: There is no level of exposure to radiation that is harmless. Human exposure to radiation should be avoided whenever possible. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and every other health agency state that any home with radon levels of 4 pCi/L or greater should be fixed. Period. If your home is between 2 and 4 pCi/L, you should seriously consider fixing it.

RADON MYTH: Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.

FACT: Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already had their radon problems fixed and more and more families are doing it every day. Any home can be fixed and the higher the radon level, the faster you should have it fixed.

RADON MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: If you discovered that your family car had been recalled because the wheels could fall off at anytime, would you keep driving it? Of course not. You will reduce your risk of cancer as soon as you reduce your radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time. Reducing your radon levels now can help to greatly reduce the effects from past exposure.

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