Radon Blog

January 23, 2019

January is national radon action month

The new year is a good time to test for radon, as January is National Radon Action month.

“The biggest danger of radon is lung cancer. It’s an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that is in elevated levels in one in fifteen homes in the U.S.,” said Derek Cooper, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s radon educator.

 

“We emphasize those characteristics because the only way to detect radon is to test for it,” he said.

According to Cooper, 800 people die every year from the effects of radon.

“It is particularly important for anyone who smokes or has smoked to test for radon,” he said.

Radon results from the breakdown of uranium, which naturally occurs in granite and rocky soils.

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Arizona and Radon Gas

Radon presence in Arizona is similar to the national average.

A state indoor radon sampling survey conducted in 1987-89 by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency suggest that about 1 out of 15 Arizona homes may contain radon concentrations in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (4.0pCi/L).  

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