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What is radon?

Everything you need to know about radon gas

How a radon test can save a life

Utah’s silent killer

The leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers

We all know smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer, but did you know radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? Even more, many Utahns have no idea they are being exposed to radon gas in their own homes.

Unfortunately, if you smoke and are exposed to high levels of radon over a long period, you face a 9X greater risk of developing lung cancer.
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What Utahns need to know about radon gas

To adequately protect yourself and your family from radon exposure, there are a few important facts to know.

Colorless and odorless gas

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas, making it impossible to detect with our senses. The only way to know if you have high radon levels is to perform a radon test.

Radioactive and carcinogenic

Radon is created when uranium deposits in the soil decay and turn into a radioactive gas. Utah has plenty of uranium, which means there is plenty of radon wreaking havoc.

2nd leading cause of lung cancer

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause in non-smokers. In Utah, non-smokers make up 20% of lung cancer diagnoses.
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Radon levels and mitigation recommendations

Radon gas is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The air outside has about 0.4 pCi/L of radon, and while there is technically no “safe” level of radon exposure, this is not high enough to cause damage in most people. However, inside buildings, radon can concentrate to much higher, much more dangerous levels. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends considering installing a mitigation system if your home tests at or above 2.0 pCi/L and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends mitigation at 2.7 pCi/L. A radon mitigation system is a series of pipes that vents radon from the soil below your foundation to the air above your roof. These systems can be installed discreetly (and may even increase the resell value of your home). Only use a certified radon professional to ensure your system is installed correctly. 

Test your home for radon today

Radon testing is easy to do and will only take 15 minutes of your time over a 48-hour period. You can purchase a test kit through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality or you can get a free test here thanks to a donation from Utah Radon Services. 

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