Elevated Radon Levels in NC Homes: Is Your Home One of Them?

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Radon is an odorless, colorless gas naturally found in soil and rock. The concern with radon is that exposure to high levels can lead to lung cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer overall. Exposure to elevated levels of radon result in approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

Radon enters your home through cracks and gaps in the foundation of your home. Since radon is invisible, you must test your home to determine the presence of radon and the level of radon exposure. Testing can be either long term or short term testing.

For more information on how to test, review these videos from the NC Radon Program.

Why to Test and How to Test Your Home for Radon (English)

Why to Test and How to Test Your Home for Radon (Spanish)

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Sarah Kirby, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Sarah KirbyState Program Leader for Family & Consumer Sciences & Professor Call Dr. Sarah Email Dr. Sarah Agricultural & Human Sciences
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Jan 11, 2021
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