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Radon  You can't see radon, you can't smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home.  Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.  Find out how to test your home for radon and, if the reading is elevated, find out what to do next.

How does radon get into your home?

Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water. In a small number of homes the building materials can give off radon, too. However, building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves.

This information has been provided by the EPA web site: If you want more information about radon gas, visit: http://www.epa.gov/radon.

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