10 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality — and Improve Your Health

6. Manage Radon Levels

According to the Surgeon General’s office and Environmental Protection Agency, more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. annually are due to radon exposure because lungs collect the radioactive particles from the gas.

Over time, radon accumulation increases a person’s risk of lung cancer. Unfortunately, it takes years before symptoms show.

Radon comes through gaps and cracks in your home or building from the earth. Humans are always exposed to and are breathing radon because it’s naturally occurring in the air. High levels of it, however, aren’t good.

And following cigarette smoking, radon is the No. 2 cause of lung cancer. So if you’re living in a home with high radon levels, you are at higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who are not. To prevent this indoor air quality issue, have your indoor radon level tested and checked.

Test your home and office radon levels. Purchase a radon test kit and follow instructions closely. When done, send it to the authorities to determine the radon level. Here is a useful guide to reduce radon levels.


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