Radon Risk If You Smoke

Radon Risk If You Smoke

 

Radon Level

If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*...

The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**...

WHAT TO DO:
Stop smoking and...

20 pCi/L

About 260 people could get lung cancer

250 times the risk of drowning

Fix your home

10 pCi/L

About 150 people could get lung cancer

200 times the risk of dying in a home fire

Fix your home

8 pCi/L

About 120 people could get lung cancer

30 times the risk of dying in a fall

Fix your home

4 pCi/L

About 62 people could get lung cancer

5 times the risk of dying in a car crash

Fix your home

2 pCi/L

About 32 people could get lung cancer

6 times the risk of dying from poison

Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L

1.3 pCi/L

About 20 people could get lung cancer

(Average indoor radon level)

(Reducing radon 
levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)

0.4 pCi/L

About 3 people could get lung cancer

(Average outdoor radon level)

Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower.
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

Radon Risk If You've Never Smoked

 

Radon Level

If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*...

The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**...

WHAT TO DO:

20 pCi/L

About 36 people could get lung cancer

35 times the risk of drowning

Fix your home

10 pCi/L

About 18 people could get lung cancer

20 times the risk of dying in a home fire

Fix your home

8 pCi/L

About 15 people could get lung cancer

4 times the risk of dying in a fall

Fix your home

4 pCi/L

About 7 people could get lung cancer

The risk of dying in a car crash

Fix your home

2 pCi/L

About 4 person could get lung cancer

The risk of dying from poison

Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L

1.3 pCi/L

About 2 people could get lung cancer

(Average indoor radon level)

(Reducing radon levels below 
2 pCi/L is difficult.)

0.4 pCi/L

 

(Average outdoor radon level)

Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher.
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports

 

Did You Know?

How Radon Enters Your Home

 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.  Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation.  Because of this difference in pressure, your house acts like a vacuum, dragging radon in through foundation cracks and other openings.  Radon may also be present in well water and small amounts can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and household uses.

 

Radon Reduction Techniques Work

 

Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%.  The cost of fixing a home generally ranges from $1200.00 and up, depending on the size of fan that is required, the amount of piping required and soil conditions around your home.