There is no safe level of radon. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that damages the cells that line your lungs. Long-term exposure can lead to lung cancer. The lower your radon levels are, the better off you and your loved ones will be.
What do Radon Levels Mean?
A radon level of 2 pCi/L is the equivalent of your family:
- Smoking 4 cigarettes per day
- Receiving 100 chest X-rays per year
A radon level of 4 pCi/L is the equivalent of your family:
- Smoking 8 cigarettes per day
- Receiving 200 chest X-rays per year
A radon level of 10 pCi/L is the equivalent of your family:
- Smoking a pack of cigarettes per day
- Receiving 500 chest X-rays per year
As your radon levels increase, so does your risk.
Average Radon Level in Minnesota
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the average Minnesota home has a radon level of 4.5 pCi/L. That means that the average Minnesota family has an exposure that is equal to smoking about 9 cigarettes per day or receiving 200 chest X-rays per year.
The average home in the United States is 1.3, while the outdoor average is 0.4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).
What Radon Level Requires Action?
EPA Radon Action Levels
The EPA strongly recommends radon mitigation if your radon levels are above 4 pCi/L, though radon levels below 4 still pose a health risk. They recommend you consider mitigation if your radon levels are between 2 and 4 pCi/L. They are quick to point out that there is no known safe level of radon.
Unfortunately, there is a misconception in the real estate community that if your radon test comes in below 4 that you’re “safe”. This simply isn’t true. Two- thirds of radon-induced lung cancer deaths come from radon exposures below 4 pCi/L.
Our goal is to get your radon levels as low as possible. Since 2018, our average post mitigation radon test comes back at 0.4. This means more peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
World Health Organization’s Action Level
The World Health Organization recommends that homeowners remediate homes with radon levels exceeding 2.7 pCi/L.
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