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3 important facts about radon in Idaho

Idaho Radon Services
June 3, 2024
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Radon is a radioactive gas that causes 21,000 deaths per year, and many Idahoans don’t know that they are exposed to radon until it’s too late. While radon is dangerous and life-threatening, by staying informed with important facts about radon you can protect yourself and your loved ones. 

We’re here to help you understand three important facts about radon so you can get ahead of any potential radon exposure.

1. Radon can’t be detected by your senses

Similar to carbon monoxide, radon can’t be tasted, smelled, or seen, which makes it particularly dangerous. The only way to know if your home has high radon levels is to perform a radon test. Per the U.S. Surgeon General, you should perform a radon test every two years. These tests are simple—and you can get a free test on us here

2. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers

When radon is breathed in over a prolonged period of time, it changes the DNA in your lungs and can lead to cancer. Radon causes 21,000 deaths annually because it is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the number two cause in smokers. Even more, if you smoke and are exposed to radon over a long period of time, your risk is compounded. Due to this risk, it’s important to keep up on your radon testing schedule.

3. Radon levels fluctuate throughout the year

Radon levels are higher in the winter and lower in the summer, which is why it is important to alternate the seasons you test in. Due to snow, air pressure, and other factors, radon is able to concentrate more in colder months, which is also when people are spending more time inside. If you have only ever tested your home in the summer, make sure to perform your next test in the winter.

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