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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