South Central Kentucky is known for its great caves but those caves can contribute to dangerously high radon levels. Greenwood High School sophomore Eric Druen, is discovering through a project in his chemistry class that the radon levels in his house are dangerously high.
Students at Greenwood High School are conducting a radon research project by taking home radon test kits and reporting the results. They are also studying the effects of radon and how it forms. More importantly, students say they are finding out the effects of radon. If you are interested in testing your home for radon you can buy a test kit at your local general store.
More Radon Information
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
You can't see, smell or taste radon. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the U.S.
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building -- homes, offices, and schools - and build up to high levels. But you are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home. That's where you spend most of your time.
You should test for radon.
Testing is the only way to know if you are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Testing is inexpensive and easy -- it should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.
You can fix a radon problem.
There are simple ways to fix a radon problem that aren't too costly. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. If you have further questions about Radon, please call your State Radon Contact or the National Radon Information Line at: 1-800-SOS-RADON. If you have already tested your home, you can call The Radon FIX-IT Program at 1-800-644-6999.
Source: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/ (United States Environmental Protection Agency Web site) contributed to this report.