Wednesday, January 30, 2013 2:00 PM ~ 3:30 PM ET

Learn what Radon is and why it is a serious health risk. Find out how you can test for Radon, reduce Radon, and build Radon-resistant new construction. Understand how Radon certification and licensure works. Access Radon resouces for integrating into YouthBuild activities.


Breathing radon in homes can cause lung cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home; this means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the U.S. If you smoke and your home has a high radon level, your risk of lung cancer can increase even more. Homes with high levels of radon have been found in every state. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home – even levels next door can be very different. In addition to homes, radon has been found in schools and other buildings. The cost to reduce radon problems in existing homes depends on how the home was built and how it is used. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. Building new homes with simple and cost-effective radon-resistant features can reduce radon entry. It costs even less to reduce radon levels in homes that are built radon-resistant.


David Rowson, Director, Indoor Environments Division: US Environmental Protection Agency
Bruce Snead, Director, Engineering Extension, Kansas State University