About Radon



What is Radon?


Radon is a natural, radioactive gas formed by the decay of uranium in the earth’s soil. It is a tasteless, odorless invisible carcinogenic (cancer causing) gas.


How Does Radon Get into the House?


Radon gas rises to the surface and into a building through porous soil, and cracks in a building foundation, and works its way into the air inside a building.


What is the Risk of Radon Exposure?


Long term exposure to radon has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, this risk is second only to cigarette, according to the Surgeon General.


What Should I Do About the Levels of Radon in My Home?


The only way to determine that you are not at risk is to have your home or office tested. A simple, inexpensive short-term test can be performed in your home or office. To request information about this test you can call (405) 702-9115.


EPA’s Position on Radon.


There is no doubt that Radon gas is a known human lung carcinogen. Prolonged exposure to high levels of Radon gas can cause lung cancer. Millions of homes and buildings contain high levels of radon gas. EPA’s efforts are directed at locating the homes with high levels and encouraging remediation of them.


As a means of prevention, EPA and the Office of the Surgeon General recommend that all homes below the third floor be tested for Radon. Because Radon is invisible and odorless, a simple test is the only way to determine if a home has high Radon levels. EPA recommends mitigating homes with Radon levels 4.0 picocuries per liter or greater. There are straightforward reduction techniques that will work in virtually any home.


For more information check out http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/index.html


Do You Need to Talk to the State Radon Contact?


The radon contact for the State of Oklahoma is Keisha Cornelius (405) 702-5100.