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Understanding where radon comes from and its impact in Idaho

Idaho Radon Services
November 30, 2023
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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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