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WHAT IS RADON?????
Radon is a silent killer! It is a Colorless, Tasteless, Odorless, Radioactive gas. Radon is a radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium, found in earth. Radon gas decays and emits alpha and beta particles and gamma rays.   

The alpha particles attach themselves to other airborne particles such as dust, and are inhaled into your lungs. Once inside your lungs, they lodge in the mucus membranes.

The damage from these particles can cause cancer. Your risk of lung cancer from radon is determined by the levels of radon you are exposed to, and the length of time you have been exposed to it. 
 
The higher the level, the higher the risk.
    
The EPA has estimated Radon is to cause approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer related deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

How Radon enters your home

  Radon is naturally emitted through the ground at lower levels outdoors. ​In most cases, radon is drawn into your home by what is called the stack effect. Stack effect is the movement of air into and out of buildings due to a difference in indoor-to-outdoor air density resulting from temperature and moisture differences.

Due to raised indoor air temperatures, your home acts like a natural vacuum and draws the radon up through any openings or through your foundation cracks.

Radon gas can easily enter your home through water, open sump pits, cracks and holes in the foundation around the perimeter of the basement, or around sewer pipes, etc.
  
One way to allow the toxic gases to escape is to properly install a radon mitigation system and seal the openings to limit its access into your home.​

Radon Deaths per year is according to EPA's 2003 assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). Other amounts are taken from CDC report and 2006 National Safety Council Reports. 

The only way to know your level of Radon Gas exposure is to conduct a test

  Radon is naturally emitted through the ground at lower levels outdoors. ​In most cases, radon is drawn into your home by what is called the stack effect. Stack effect is the movement of air into and out of buildings due to a difference in indoor-to-outdoor air density resulting from temperature and moisture differences.

Due to raised indoor air temperatures, your home acts like a natural vacuum and draws the radon up through any openings or through your foundation cracks.

Radon gas can easily enter your home through water, open sump pits, cracks and holes in the foundation around the perimeter of the basement, or around sewer pipes, etc.
  
One way to allow the toxic gases to escape is to properly install a radon mitigation system and seal the openings to limit its access into your home.​

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Is your county at risk for high levels of radon???

The EPA suggests your home have levels under 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) 

Radon Levels in Maryland


The purpose of this map is to assist National, State, and Local Organizations to target their resources and to implement radon-resistant building codes. THis map is not intended to determine if a home in a given zone should be tested for radon. ALL HOMES SHOULD BE TESTED, REGARDLESS OF ZONE DESIGNATION. Zone map courtesy of http://www.epa/gov/radon/zonemap.html

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