January 7, 2015

January is National Radon Awareness Month

Radon HouseRadon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and comes from the natural breakdown uranium

You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home

Radon can enter homes through cracks in floors, walls, or foundations, and collect indoors (see image left)

When inhaled, radioactive radon particles can damage the cells that line the lung

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today

There are no immediate health symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon

It typically takes years of radon exposure before any health problems surface

Radon levels at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air are considered very dangerous

Adair County Radon Information

Adair County Radon Levels

 Green=70% of Adair County Homes Results Under 2 pCi/L (Low Risk)

Yellow=19% of Adair County Homes Results Between 2 and 3.9 pCi/L (Moderate Risk)

 Red=11% of Adair County Homes Results 4 pCi/L and above (High Risk)



Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels

Free test kits are available for Missouri residents at the following link Radon Test Kits