News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

High levels of radon found in Oregon homes

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the “State of Lung Cancer” report reveals that it is detected at high levels in about 18 percent of homes in Oregon. The American Lung Association urges everyone to test their home for radon.

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas emitted from the ground. Radon can enter a home through cracks in floors, basement walls, foundations and other openings. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked.

In Oregon, approximately 18 percent of radon test results equal or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level of 4 pCi/L, according to the Lung Association’s “State of Lung Cancer” report.

“Radon is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year and is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked. Since radon is odorless, tasteless and colorless, the only way to detect radon in your home is to test the air,” said Carrie Nyssen, senior director of advocacy for the American Lung Associaiton. “This is why it is critical for everyone to test their home.”  

Do-it-yourself radon test kits are simple to use and inexpensive. EPA urges anyone with radon levels at or above 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) to take action to install a mitigation system in their homes. 

Both the EPA and the American Lung Association recommend that mitigation be considered if levels are greater than 2 pCi/L. After high levels are detected, a radon mitigation system should be installed by a radon professional. 

A typical radon mitigation system consists of a vent pipe, fan, and properly sealing cracks and other openings. This system collects radon gas from underneath the foundation and vents it to the outside of your home. 

If you need to have a radon mitigation system installed, contact your state radon program for a list of certified radon mitigation professionals.

Learn more about radon testing and mitigation at www.Lung.org/Radon.

Previous Article

Auxiliary scholarship applications now available

Next Article

Events returning to Linn County Fairgrounds

You might be interested in …

Grants available for septic work

Marion County and the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments are teaming up to reimburse Santiam Canyon residents for septic system work necessitated by the 2020 wildfires. The county and the Mid-Valley COG have approximately $5 […]