This provides information from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on radon and how to protect your family’s health.
ODH, the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend every Ohio home be tested for radon.
- A naturally occurring radioactive gas
- Odorless, colorless and tasteless
- Comes from the breakdown of uranium found in rocks and soil
IMPORTANCE OF RADON
Breathing air with elevated level of radon over a period of time can cause damage to lung tissue and cells which increases the risk of lung cancer.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
HOW DOES RADON ENTER A HOME?
Radon, because it is a gas, it is able to move through spaces in the soil and enter a home through the following:
- Dirt floor
- Crawl spaces
- Unsealed sumps
- Cracks in walls
Ohio homes tend to operate as a vacuum (suction) to pull soil gases, including radon, into the lower level of a structure especially during the season when you heat your home.
A typical home (click image for larger view).
DOES YOUR HOME HAVE A RADON PROBLEM?
A radon test is the only way to find out if your home has elevated levels of radon.
Performing a radon test is easy, inexpensive and can be done privately.
Test results from nearby homes cannot be relied upon to predict the radon level in another home because every home is unique in its construction, soil and maintenance.
Fix your home if the radon level is 4pCi/LpicoCuries per Liter or more.
If your radon test indicates that your home has elevated levels of radon, have a radon mitigation system installed by an ODH licensed mitigation contractor to reduce radon level.
The Indoor Radon Program at ODH can provide homeowners with a list of licensed contractors in their area.
Additional Information Here:
Ohio Department of Health
Indoor Radon Program
Columbiana County Health Department
Shannon Sellards R.S.
330-424-0272 ext. 128