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Radon Health Hazards Stressed During January

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

Coming up in January, the National Cancer Institute, the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control encourage you to test your home for radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless and radioactive gas that forms from the breakdown of Uranium.

One in 15 homes contains high levels of rddon, according to the EPA, and Harvard University ranks Radon as America's #1 home hazard.

The first step toward lowering your risk is by getting a measurement of the radon levels inside your home.

A measurement can cost between $100 and $250, according to Jerry Peterson, home inspector and owner of Peterson Radon Services in Butte.

Meanwhile, a complete Radon mitigation system can cost between $800 and $1,200.

"If you have children living in the basement or somebody living in the basement where there reading is really high it will lower the rate of cancer," Peterson said.

Click here to find a radon mitigation service provider near you. Learn more about National Radon Action Month by clicking here.

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