Thursday, March 16, 2006

What Does The Radon Test Results Mean, Explaining What To Do After You Get The Results Back

Radon test results will be reported in units called picocuries per liter (pCi/l) if you live in the USA. Radon test results reports going outside the USA will be reported in Becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3).

US EPA says you should fix your home if your long term radon test results are 4 pCi/l or more. If your radon test results are over 2 pCi/l, EPA says you should still consider fixing your home. Regardless of your radon test results, you should try to reduce your exposure to any radiation (radon or otherwise) whenever possible.

When interpreting your radon test results, you need to remember that short-term radon test results are not as accurate as long-term radon test results. This can happen when your short-term radon test results are close to 4 pCi/l. For example, if the average of your short-term radon test results is 4.1 pCi/l, then there is about a 50% chance that your year-round (long-term) radon test results would be somewhat below 4 pCi/l.

However, most experts agree that any radon exposure carries some risk. There is no such thing as a "safe" radon level. The lower you can get your radon test result, the lower your risk of getting lung cancer.

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