Radon testing

Radon
What is it?
      Radon is a gaseous radioactive element present in nearly all soils.It is an extremely toxic, colorless, tasteless, oderless gas. It can not be detected by human senses.It is derived from the radioactive decay of radium. Radon has been determined to be the second leading cause of lung cancer contributing to as many as 23000 deaths a year.

Where is it? 
   Literaly every where. Radon is present in every county of every state in the country. Out door levels of Radon average around .4 pCi/l (picocurries per liter). In door levels average 1.4 pCi/l but can be much higher. The EPA has determined that 4.0 pCi/l is the level at which action should be taken to reduce the indoor levels.

Should I be worried?   

     You won't know unless you test. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homeowners and all homebuyers test for Radon. People will tell you "There's no radon in Citrus County", they're wrong! Testing of schools in citrus county have given results as high as 30.6 pCi/l. The neighbor hood in which I live has had 30% of the homes tested return results over 4.0 pCi/l.


 

What should I do?
   Have your home or the home your buying tested by a state certified mesurement technician. A certified technician can give you the most accurate results. If the Radon levels are higher than 4.0 pCi/l it's relativaly easy to fix.



Where can I get more information?
   You can check out the following web sites:
    
 http://www.epa.gov/radon/
     http://www.myfloridaeh.com/community/radon/index.html
     http://www.myfloridaeh.com/ephdata/Radon_Search.html
     http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11379939
     http://www.radalink.com/