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posted on January 05, 2010 12:06

January is National Radon Awareness Month

Testing for Radon
The only way to know what the radon level is in your home is to test your house for it.
 
Tests should be performed in the lowest lived-in area of the house and should be approved by National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).
 
To get a FREE radon test go to
http://www.radon.com/idaho.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers causing more than 20,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon can be found in every county in Idaho, in old and new homes, and in homes with and without basements.
 
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium found in most rocks and soil. In some cases, well water may be a source of radon. You cannot see it, smell it or taste it. When outdoors, radon mixes with fresh air and is usually diluted to low levels. However, once inside an enclosed building, such as a home or school, radon can build up to high levels.
 
The amount of radon indoors depends on how easily the radon can travel through the soil, how the building is constructed, and the amount of radon in the soil underneath the building.
 
How does it get in your house?
Radon can move up through the ground and enter buildings through cracks and holes in the foundation. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and ground-floor rooms that are in contact with soil. Factors such as design, construction, and ventilation of the home can affect the pathways and forces that draw radon indoors. The only way to know if you have a radon in your home is to test for it.
 
 
For more information on Radon, visit the Radon Program Webpage.