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Bureau of Epidemiology

Environmental Epidemiology Program

Radon

What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and is found all over the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States next to smoking.

How do I know if I have Radon in my home?
Radon can enter your home or any building through cracks in the foundation and walls, gaps around service pipes and construction joints. Radon gas can build up to high levels, putting you and your family at risk. Testing your home for Radon is the only way to know if you and your family are being exposed to Radon. Testing is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time. You can order a Radon test kit by going to the following link: www.radon.utah.gov and click on “Order a Test Kit” on the right hand side or call toll free at: 1-800-458-0145.

How can I prevent Radon exposure?
If your house is tested and the result shows your house has high levels of Radon gas, you can lower the amount of radon in your home, by having a Radon reduction system installed and a new home being built can install Radon resistant features. A person can seal any cracks in the foundation and floor, around windows and any other openings. A listing of certified providers/contractors, in Utah can be found at: www.radon.utah.gov .

Where can I find additional information?
Utah Radon Program (Utah Department of Environmental Quality)
Utah Geological Survey - Radon

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
       A Citizen’s Guide to Radon

ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)