Understanding Radon & Why It Matters

  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
  • Radon is a, colorless, odorless, inert radioactive gas so unfortunately you cannot see it, smell it, taste it or feel it.
  • The EPA recommends testing all homes and buildings for safe levels of Radon in the air.

Where Does Radon Come From?

  • Radon comes from the natural radioactive decay of radium and uranium found in the soil.
  • The amount of radon in the soil depends on the composition of the soil. This is why it varies from location to location.

Why should I care?

  • If your home has a level of 4.00 pCi/L of radon or lower then you are below the federal action level.
  • If your home exceeds 4.00 pCi/L then it is generally expected that you should mitigate the level in the home to a level below 4.00 pCi/L for your health.

EPA Radon Zone Map for Michigan

EPA Radon Zone Map for Southeast MI

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