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Radon Gas Myths
Myth 1: Scientists aren't sure radon really is a problem
Fact: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.
Myth 2: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive
Fact: Radon testing is inexpensive and easy - it should take only a little of your time.
Myth 3: Radon test kits are not reliable and are difficult to find.
Fact: Reliable test kits are available through the mail, in hardware stores and other retail outlets. Call your state radon office for a list of test kit companies that have met EPA requirements for reliability or are state certified.
Myth 4: Homes with radon problems can't be fixed.
Fact: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes. Radon levels can be readily lowered for about $500 to $2,500. Call your state radon office for a list of contractors that have met EPA requirements or are state certified.
Myth 5: Radon only affects certain kinds of homes
Fact: House construction can affect radon levels. However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, homes without basements.
Myth 6: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.
Fact: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.
Myth 7: A neighbor's test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.
Fact: It's not. Radon tlevels vary from home to home. the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.
Myth 8: Everyone should test their water for radon
Fact: While radon gets into some homes through the water, you should first test the air in your home for radon. if you find high levels and your water comes from a well, contact a lab certified to measure radiation in water to have your water tested.
Myth 9: It's difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.
Fact: Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. the added protection is some times a good selling point.
Myth 10: I've lived in my home for so long, it doesn't make sense to take action now.
Fact: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you've lived with a radon problem for a long time.