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 more severe than you might expect.

Arizona has been tracking radon test results since 1993, and based on these results:  

  • The average concentration of radon in homes in Arizona is 2.9 pCi/L
  • 1 in 4 homes in the state of Arizona are above the EPA recommended 4.0 pCi/L
  • The maximum concentration of radon found in a home in Arizona is 55.8 pCi/L
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