Human Nutrition, Diet and Health > HNDH Blog > Posts > January 2013 – the time to test for radon in your home


Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer death of non-smokers in the United States. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible radioactive gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. It’s drawn into your home through foundation cracks and other openings. Upon ihalation the radioactive particles in the gas can damage the cells that line the lung. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, the only cancer proven to be associated with inhaling radon.

Radon can be present anywhere in Alabama; soil mapping identifies fifteen Northern Alabama counties that have the greatest potential to have radon present in the home. However, radon has been found in homes outside of these fifteen counties at levels greater than the current action level of 4 pCi/L.  Testing during January is a good time to test because the home has been tightened up to keep out the cold, therefore the concentration of radon would higher. Take the time to visit your local ACES office and pick up information and a radon test kit. Quit wondering if your home has radon levels than could impact you and your family’s health and take action today.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests four things homeowners should do to be radon aware. 

-Test your home.  Short term and long term test kits are sold in many ACES office or can be ordered online at​   

EPA recommends fixing your home if the results from one long-term test or the average of two short-term tests show radon levels of 4 pCi/L (or 0.016 WL) or higher. 

-January is National Radon Action Month – contact your local ACES office to request an event.

-Spread the word – ask a friend or neighbor if they have heard about radon and if they have had their home tested

-Buy a radon-resistant home.  Homes throughout Alabama can be built or modified to be radon-resistant. Talk to your realtor about radon. Several counties have laws in place that require homes to be radon tested prior to sale.
For more information visit the ACES Radon web pages at 

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