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Colder Weather Increases Radon Danger

October 31, 2014 • Taylor Halversen, Utah Public Radio

The onset of colder weather brings things indoors, including unwanted radon gas. Radon is a result of naturally-occurring uranium breakdown in rocks and soil. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas seeps up from the ground and can pool in a home. “Because it’s colder outside and then warmer inside your home, that increases the radon levels,” said Eleanor Divver, radon project coordinator for the state of Utah. Divver said the potentially elevated levels of the gas make colder months the best time to check for radon. The gaseous toxin is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. One-third of the homes in Utah have elevated levels of radon, according to Divver. Read the article online: http://upr.org/post/colder-weather-increases-radon-danger

Experts Warn of the Dangers of Radon in Central Ohio Homes

October 31, 2014 • Jessa Goddard, 10tv.com

It kills more people than drunken driving accidents and house fires combined. Radon can't be seen or smelled, but it's the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States. Radon invades homes and buildings through foundation cracks and openings, and even directly through concrete. It can be found all across the U.S. "It's kind of a swath through Ohio and Pennsylvania," said Eco Radon Solutions Radon Specialist David Jones. "It's more prevalent." You can't see, smell or taste it, but when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. The radioactive gas is found at the highest levels in the lowest floors of your home - a basement, for example. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. While it is more common in some areas than others, any home can have a radon problem. Read the article online:

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