Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that rises from the ground when uranium in the soil decays. Uranium is present in high levels in Idaho, which means radon gas is also present across the state. Although we are frequently exposed to low levels, it can become dangerous when breathed in over a prolonged period.

Why should I care about it?

When this gas enters buildings, it can concentrate to dangerously high levels our senses can’t detect. When we breathe in it over a long period, we are at risk of developing lung cancer and other diseases. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and takes the lives of over 21,000 people annually. If you smoke, your risk is even higher if you are exposed to it, too. 

What can be done about radon? 

If you are building a new home, you can proactively have a mitigation system installed to reduce the amount of deadly gas that ever enters the home. If you live in a preexisting home, the first step is to test your home to see if you have high levels. You can request a free test kit by filling out the form on this page. If your home tests high for radon, you can install a mitigation system to lower the exposure to a safer level. 

National Radon Action Month is when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raises awareness for radon exposure and radon-induced illness. Our team at Idaho Radon Services is here with three steps to take this month to help reduce radon-induced lung cancer deaths.

Step 1: Test your home for radon

Testing your home is simple and free! If you haven’t tested your home for radon within the last two years, click here to request a free test. Results will be emailed to you quickly, and if your home tests high, we can walk you through the mitigation process.

Step 2: Encourage a loved one to test for radon

Protecting a loved one from radon-induced lung cancer can be as simple as one post on social media. We’ve made it easy for you—simply copy and paste the message below and post it on your social media account of choice!

Did you know that 21,000 Americans die annually from radon-induced lung cancer? Radon can’t be detected in our homes by our senses alone, so if you haven’t tested your home in the last two years, there’s no better time to do so! To get a free test, go to idahoradonservices.com/radon-test 

Step 3: Set a reminder for your next radon test

Once you complete a radon test, or if you’ve tested within the last year or so, create a calendar event on your phone to remind you to test again two years after your last test. This is the recommended timeline by the U.S. Surgeon General, EPA, and Idaho Radon Services. If your last test was conducted in the summer, complete your next test in the winter (and vice versa). So take advantage of "National Radon Action Month" in the month of January.

Radon is a radioactive gas that you can't see, taste, or smell. Exposure to it is a serious health risk and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon warning has been given.

Important groups like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are concerned about radon and have suggested actions to stay healthy, starting with testing your home for radon. Even more, in 2005, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona joined their lead and issued a national radon warning.

According to Carmona, “…breathing [radon] over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”

Taking action: Testing for radon gas

Following the Surgeon General's radon warning is easy, and testing your home for radon is simple. If you in Idaho, we’ll send you a free test kit—all you need to do is fill out the form on this page. If your home tests high, we’ll also walk you through the steps to take to reduce radon levels in your home.

Still have questions? Give us a call at 208-225-8500.

In Idaho, two in five homes (40%) have high/dangerous radon levels. Even more, some areas, such as those near Sun Valley, have had over 50% of their tested homes result in a high level of radon risk in Idaho.

If you live in the Gem State, it’s essential to know your risk and what you can do to protect your loved ones.

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless, invisible, and tasteless. It is created when uranium in the ground decays, rises into homes, and becomes trapped inside. Radon exposure indoors is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Radon levels in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare created a map of radon levels throughout the state. Find your county on the map here. Radon Risk in Idaho should not be overlooked.

Radon, an invisible and odorless radioactive gas, can rise into a home through its foundation, and two in five homes tested in Idaho have elevated radon levels. After prolonged exposure, those inside have an elevated risk of radon lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

With approximately 21,000 annual deaths attributed to radon, it stands as the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause in smokers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals who smoke and live in homes with elevated radon levels are 10 times more likely to develop lung cancer.

To actively reduce the risk of lung cancer, quitting smoking is crucial. While it’s not simple to quit overnight, you can work with a medical provider or quit line to take the first steps to protect your health. 

Additionally, completing a radon gas test in your home is the next most important step to protect yourself. You can request a free test from Idaho Radon Services here, and if elevated levels are detected, we are ready to guide you through the mitigation process. 

If you haven’t tested your home within the last two years, order a test today!

In the realm of home safety, radon remains a lesser-known threat for many Idaho residents. So, learn where radon comes from. Radon is a natural radioactive gas (from uranium decay in the soil) that is odorless and invisible, which makes it impossible to detect with our senses alone. Even more, radon is the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, proving exactly why it’s so important Idahoans test their homes.

Annually, approximately 21,000 lives in the United States are lost to radon-induced lung cancer. To grasp the gravity of this statistic, that’s more people than there are seats in the Climate Pledge Arena.

Understanding radon

Idaho has plenty of uranium underground, which means there’s an endless supply of radon. Because radon is so elusive, it can only be detected with specialized tests. The good news is that Idaho Radon Services provides a free test to every Idaho home within 100 miles of Boise!

Exposure risks

Outside, radon disperses quickly, so it doesn’t pose much of a threat. On the other hand, radon can collect inside and cause lung diseases, including lung cancer, after prolonged exposure. In Idaho, two out of five homes test high/dangerous for radon. 

The importance of testing

The Surgeon General and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emphasize the necessity of regular radon testing in homes (every two years), no matter how old the homes are. Testing for radon is a straightforward process that requires minimal effort and time. To get a free radon test for your home, click here or call us at 208-225-8500.

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