Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is a by-product of the radioactive decay of uranium and radium. Studies of humans exposed to both high and low levels of radon have shown an increased occurrence of lung cancer. Radon gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, so the only way to know the level of radon in your home is to test for it. The AmeriSpec radon inspection service includes the placement of testing devices to measure the ongoing level of radon in habitable areas of the home. These measurements evaluate the level of radon to determine if any form of improvement is required. Per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should take steps to resolve the issue if the radon level is 4pCi/l or higher. The EPA document A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO RADON (THIRD EDITION) provides the basic information everyone should know about radon. For more information on how to reduce your radon health risk, call your STATE RADON OFFICE for copies of the guides listed below:
- HOME BUYER'S AND SELLER'S GUIDE TO RADON
- RADON IN SCHOOLS
- RADON: A PHYSICIAN'S GUIDE
- CONSUMER`S GUIDE TO RADON REDUCTION
- TECHNICAL SUPPORT DOCUMENT TO THE 1992 CITIZENS GUIDE TO RADON
- HOW RADON WORKS
Other indoor air quality-specific publications are located at EPA NEWSLETTERS AND PUBLICATIONS.