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Test for radon

January is Test for Radon Month. Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency sends out a reminder in areas of the country–such as the Fredericksburg area–where radon levels are elevated. It’s a good time to test, the agency says, because doors and windows are closed and people tend to spend more time indoors.

Radon is a colorless, orderless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The EPA estimates it is responsible for about 20,000 deaths in the United States each year, second only to cigarette smoking. Smokers who breathe radon over a period of years are especially at risk.

The EPA and the surgeon general recommend testing for the gas in all homes below the third floor. The agency estimates that 80 percent of U.S. homes have not been tested.

The EPA estimates it is responsible for about 20,000 deaths in the United States each year, second only to cigarette smoking. Smokers who breathe radon over a period of years are especially at risk.

The EPA and the surgeon general recommend testing for the gas in all homes below the third floor. The agency estimates that 80 percent of U.S. homes have not been tested.

Read my most recent story on the topic here. For more information, check out a citizen’s guide to radon.

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