Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is estimated to be responsible for 15,000-22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
You can’t see, smell, or taste radon. It’s a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of the elements uranium, thorium, and radium in soil and rock.
Radon can be present in both outdoor and indoor air, but you’re likely to get most exposure in your own home.
To help protect your health, you can test your home for radon and take measures to lower radon levels if needed.
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Image description: Large parts of the country are experiencing power outages as a result of winter weather storms. If you’re using a portable back-up generator, make sure you run it outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
To make sure you’re operating your generator safely:
- Use it outside the house or garage
- Keep it at least 20 feet away from windows, doors and vents
- Use a battery operated CO detector outside bedrooms.
- Never ignored a beeping CO detector. Go outside and call 911 if the alarm sounds.
Learn more about operating your portable generator safely from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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