In McCall, more than one in every four homes have tested high for radon. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. You can’t see, smell, feel or taste radon. The only way to know if your home has high radon levels is to test. Winter is the best time to test your home for radon. The Indoor Environmental Program (IEP) wants more people in Valley County to test their homes for radon. To order a radon test visit www.radonidaho.org or for more information about radon contact the IEP at 800-445-8647.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Long-term exposure to high radon levels can increase your risk of developing lung cancer. When radon gas decays, it breaks down into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. According to the Surgeon General, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and they estimate radon causes more than 20,000 deaths each year in the United States.