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Radon Action Week Stresses Importance of Radon Testing

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CLARKSBURG -

Saturday wraps up radon action week, a week dedicated to informing the public about the dangers of radon gas.

You can't see it or smell it, and you might not know that it's in the air you breathe.

Radon gas can go undetected and is dangerous to your health.

"Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas and you do not have it unless you test your home for radon," explained Ricki Edwardson, the owner of Basement Systems in Clarksburg.

Basement Systems offers radon testing, and radon removal for your home. There are also test kits you can use yourself.

"Radon testing is very easy, it's very inexpensive, and an owner can do it themselves. We encourage everyone to test their homes to see what their level of radon is," said Edwardson.

An at home test kit is simple to use. Most of them you set something out for a few days, send it to a lab, and get the results back.

At home test kits can be purchased at hardware stores.

If you find after testing your home that your radon levels are high, which is over four picoCuries per liter, Basement Systems can help remove it.

Edwardson said radon levels vary from home to home.

"Radon can be as sporadic as you have a high level and your neighbor does not. We've seen homes in Fairmont test at 80 picoCuries per liter which is high and we've seen other houses in the same neighborhood test down in the twos and threes," Edwardson explained.

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