What is radon?

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that is odorless and tasteless. It is a by-product of the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water, and it can get into the air you and your kids breathe. Unlike lead, it doesn’t matter how old your home is; both old and new homes have been found to contain radon. Because it is cancer-causing, measure the level of radon in your home. There are inexpensive devices available for measuring radon at the hardware store, and your local health department is a good source of additional information.

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