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Radon Information: Myth or Fact?


Myth or Fact? Scientists aren't really sure if radon is a problem. This is a MYTH! 
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 or Fact? 
Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. This is a MYTH! 
FACT:     Radon testing is inexpensive and easy - it should take only a little of your time.

Myth or Fact? 
Radon test kits are not reliable and are difficult to find. This is a MYTH! 
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 kits companies that have met EPA requirements for reliability or are state-certified.

Myth or Fact? 
Homes with radon problems can't be fixed. This is a MYTH! 
FACT:     There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Thousands of homewoners 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 or Fact? 
Radon only affects certain kinds of homes. This is a MYTH! 
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, or homes without basements.

Myth or Fact? 
Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country. This is a MYTH! 
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 or Fact? 
A neighbor's test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem. This is a MYTH! 
FACT:     It's not. Radon levels vary from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

Myth or Fact? 
Everyone should test their water for radon. This is a MYTH! 
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 or Fact? 
It's difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered. This is a MYTH! 
FACT:     Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. The added protection is, sometimes, a good selling point!

Myth or Fact? 
I've lived in my home for so long, it doesn't make sense to take any action now. This is a MYTH! 
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.

Myth or Fact? 
Short-term tests can't be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home. This is a MYTH! 
FACT:     A short-term test followed by a second short-term test may be used to decide whether to fix your home. However, the closer the average of your two short-term tests is to 4pCi/L, the less certain you can be about whether your year-round average is above or below that level. Keep in mind that radon levels below 4 pCi/L still pose some risk. Radon levels can be reduced in most homes to 2 pCi/L or below.