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Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Test Your Home for Radon: Quick tips

Test your home with a short-term test. Test your home again if the radon level is 4 or higher.
If your home has a radon level of 4 or higher, fix your home.
Be sure to hire a contractor who is qualified to fix radon. It’s a good idea to get at least 2 price estimates. Find a radon professional to fix your home.

Click here for more information and resources about radon.

The District of Columbia Department of Environment & Energy: Radon

Testing your home for radon is as simple as opening a package, placing a radon detector in a designated area, and after the prescribed number of days, sealing the detector back in the package. Fixing a radon problem is usually just a matter of caulking cracks along basement foundations, sealing leaks around pipes, and taking other steps to prevent radon from entering the house through places where it is in contact with the ground.

The District of Columbia Department of Environment & Energy (D.O.E.E.) provides district residents with a free radon test kit by calling the radon hotline at (202) 535-2302 or by submitting request a free radon test kit.

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Radon Resources from NCHH

In 2011, former NCHH Executive Director, Rebecca Morley visited the Dr. Oz show to talk about radon in the home. She provide tips on testing and remediating your home for radon. Please explore the resources below to learn more about the dangers of radon and how to protect yourself and your family. You can also check out the clips from the Dr. Oz show here or read an article about radon in your home.

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) also has resources available on their website here.

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Welcome to RadTown USA

EPA designed RadTown with students and teachers in mind. We have provided both graphical and text-based ways to learn about sources and uses of radiation that you may encounter in your everyday life. Below is a guide to using the site and information on what you can expect to find in RadTown. Visit RadTown USA at: http://www3.epa.gov/radtown/.

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Reducing Home Exposure to Radon and Secondhand Smoke

Lung cancer is preventable through eliminating tobacco smoke and radon exposure. We examined the association between demographic factors and home testing at baseline of a larger RCT to test the effects of a tailored environmental feedback intervention to reduce home exposure to radon and secondhand smoke (SHS) with homeowners and renters.

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A purposive sample of homeowners (n=340) and renters (n=47) were recruited at an outpatient medical facility using stratified sampling to ensure equal proportion of those exposed to SHS in the home. Homeowners were randomly assigned to treatment or control groups. Demographics, perceived risk of lung cancer, smoking status, past 7-day SHS exposure in the home, and lung cancer worry were assessed at baseline. Free test kits for radon and SHS were provided to treatment group participants and renters at enrollment; they received $20 to test their homes. Controls could call to request free test kits.

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Environmental Law Institute's Database of State Indoor Air Quality Laws

The Environmental Law Institute’s Database of State Indoor Air Quality Laws contains a broad cross-section of laws on the subject of indoor air quality. The following chart collects those laws included in the database that address the subject of radon. The chart does not purport to include every state law that addresses radon. The chart highlights laws that deal directly or exclusively with radon, and
does not include laws that may affect the problem of radon indirectly. For example, a law that authorizes a state agency to undertake research on indoor air quality generally may result in radon-related activities but would not be included here.

View the Database Excerpt on Radon Laws here.

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REVISITING CANADA’S RADON GUIDELINE

This report by the David Suzuki Foundation examines current international guidance on radon and its implications for Canada. The report reviews developments from other industrialized countries and compare Canada’s radon guideline to parallel standards and guidelines in leading jurisdictions.
The authors conclude that international guidance on radon has evolved significantly in recent years, and this necessitates a re-evaluation of Canada’s guideline for radon in indoor air. The report argues that It is once again time for Canada to update its guideline to match leading international standards.

To read the full report visit.

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Radon: Keeping Your Home Safe

Radon in Minnesota Homes:
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides information on radon and how to protect your family's health. MDH also recommends that every Minnesota home be tested for radon.

For more information download a printable version of the brochure "Radon: Keeping Your Home Safe."

Download here.

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Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon

EPA's booklet is intended for anyone who is buying or selling a home, real estate and relocation professionals, home inspectors and others.

EPA Recommends:

  • If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
  • For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.
  • Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L, or higher.
  • Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, may be reduced.
  • Take steps to prevent device interference when conducting a radon test.

Visit EPA.gov for more information.

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