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Do I Need A Radon Detector?

Posted by John on July 19th, 2008

Safety Siren Radon DetectorsYes! According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), naturally occurring radon causes more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. alone – second only to cigarette smoking among causes of lung cancer.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that’s undetectable by humans. It forms when uranium decays, and then it seeps out from rock formations and certain building materials.

In the United States, toxic radon exposure is most common in the Northern, Midwestern and Southwestern states – but radon may reach hazardous levels in any state. In Georgia, for example, buildings in the Atlanta metropolitan area have a high potential for toxic levels of radon.

The EPA recommends that all homes should test for radon, regardless of geographic location. According to the EPA, one out of 15 U.S. homes has radon levels above the recommended guideline of 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L). Prolonged radon exposure in these contaminated homes leads to a 50% increase in lung cancer risk.

It’s impossible to know if your home or office is contaminated unless you have a radon detector.

The Safety Siren Radon Detector has been tested and approved by the EPA to accurately and precisely measure naturally fluctuating radon levels. This radon detector continuously monitors the air, and if radon levels become dangerous, the Safety Siren sounds a loud warning alarm.

When it comes to your safety and health, radon detectors are just as important as smoke detectors.

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