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Invisible, odorless, colorless….that’s radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco use. Reducing risk of exposure to high radon levels is easier when an electronic radon gas monitor is used such as the Safety Siren Pro 3. Lung cancer is the most common cause of death in both men and women no matter where they live. The American Cancer Society estimate is that 219,440 new cases of lung cancer in the U.S. will be diagnosed with 159,390 deaths due to lung cancer expected in 2009. Estimate of the U.S. National Cancer Institute are that about one of every 14 men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.

What is radon

Radon gas is formed when uranium in soil and rocks decays. Aerating water removes radon releasing the gas into the air. In homes when the pressure inside the home is less than the air pressure outside, radon gas is forced through foundation cracks and gaps or enters through sump pumps, pipes or other openings. Two houses side by side can have very different readings, one safe and one quite high.

Current estimates are that about 1 of every 15 homes in the USA has a radon level at or above the dangerous level of 4.0 pCi/L. The northern half of the lower 48 states is at highest risk but high radon gas levels are found throughout the US and the world.

Single use kits or professional radon monitors used by certified radon mitigators are used for real estate sales purposes where required. Results are a sample of the radon level during a given period of 2 to 5 days. Written reports can take several weeks for home test kits. And if the barometric pressure changes, the home is sealed for cold weather, the furnace has a fresh air intake, etc, the results may not be accurate.

The Safety Siren Pro 3 radon gas monitor displays its first reading within 48 hours after you plug it into an AC outlet. The Pro 2 was EPA evaluated: the Pro 3 is the updated version. Both long term and short term readings appear for the current radon level in that location. An alarm sounds if the reading is 4.0 pCi/L or higher. Clear out the unit and move it to another place in your basement. Your reading may change. The average outdoor level of radon is 0.4 pCi/L: the health-threatening level is 4.0 pCi/L.

Take action if your Safety Siren Pro 3 readings are health threatening. And if you are a smoker, consider lower levels dangerous as well as the combination of radon and smoking is a deadly one. Radon mitigation consists primarily of a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside. This soil suction radon reduction system, does not require major home changes. Sealing foundation cracks and other openings increases the effectively and cost-efficiency. The right system depends on the your home design, too.