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In A Citizen’s Guide to Radon, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says,
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building.
. . . Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can't see radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
The EPA goes on to recommend that all homes be tested for radon and I recommend that you, as a home buyer, have a radon test done before the close of the sale. If radon levels are found to be high, there are reliable solutions available to lower the radon levels.
This all important test can performed for you as part of your home inspection for an additional fee.
You should also know that you can test for radon yourself with a short term radon test kit. These test kits are reliable if the kit's testing lab is approved by New York State's Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) and if you follow test kit's instructions carefully.
You can also buy a low cost short term test kit directly from New York State. Click here for information.
Short term radon tests (including the ones you do yourself) typically require 48-72 hours of sample collection.
For additional information on radon you can call me at (845) 339-7984 or the New York State Department of Health at: 1-800-458-1158 or (518) 402-7556 or you can read the New York State Department of Health's information about radon at: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/radon/radonhom.htm
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