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What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that is found in the soil; you cannot see, smell, or taste radon. Radon enters buildings through cracks and holes in the foundation and can accumulate to elevated levels. More Info
Why is it a problem?
Radon exposure can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer. The Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States - second only to smoking. For non-smokers in this country, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer. More Info
Should I Test My Home?
Testing is the only way to know if you have elevated radon levels in your home. You can test your home using a kit purchased from a home improvement/hardware store, or a professional tester can be hired to test your home. When done correctly, both methods can provide accurate information on indoor radon levels.
There are two types of tests typically conducted in homes:
- A short term test is considered a screening tool for elevated radon levels and is appropriate if you have not tested your home before.
- A long term test will provide better information about the annual radon exposure a building's occupants may receive and is appropriate for folks who are doing certain types of follow up testing.
Buy a radon test kit for your home, or find a listing of licensed radon professionals.
Building a New Home?
Your new home can be built with radon resistant features! Visit U.S. EPA’s Radon Resistant New Construction webpage for more details.
Buying or Selling a Home?
Radon testing should be negotiation point, rather than a deal breaker, of a real estate transaction. More Info
Program Coordinator: Kelli Steward
Phone Number: (937) 225-4898
This program and radon advertisements are made possible through State Indoor Radon Grant 24, provided by U.S. EPA Region 5 and Ohio Department of Health and administered in part by Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County