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Infographic - Radon Facts - All Data Included in Body of Blog TextYou don’t have to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke to get lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year.

Nearly 1 in 4 homes in Massachusetts may have what the EPA considers to be an elevated radon level. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urge all Massachusetts residents to have their homes tested for radon, not just when they’re buying or selling a property.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to reduce radon in your home. And although radon is dangerous at high levels indoors, radon levels outdoors are generally very low.

Here are some facts about radon to keep in mind:

  1. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas.
  2. Byproducts of radon decay attach to surfaces and air particles like dust, and once inhaled, can pose severe health risks.
  3. Radon is not only the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers — it’s also the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the EPA.
  4. 1 out of 15 homes in the United States has a radon level that needs to be reduced, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  5. You can reduce your exposure to radon by increasing ventilation in your home.
  6. The only way to know if your home has dangerous levels of radon is to test for it. Contact the Radon Unit at DPH’s Indoor Air Quality Program to learn how to test your home.

Take steps to keep your family safe from radon. If you want more information about radon, contact the radon helpline.

If you have any questions or concerns, comment below or tweet us @MassGov.


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