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There are many instances of radon in the news. Most of them are informative articles for awareness. Radon is a gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It cannot be smelled or tasted. Testing for radon in your home is encouraged. This can be done by purchasing a kit from your local hardware store. Cost of the kit is from $10 to $30. 

By having radon in the news, awareness of the dangers of it is increasing. There have been incidences of one house having radon and a neighboring house being clear. Anyone could have the problem, but the problem can be corrected. Radon can enter a house through many ways. According to reports about radon in the news, radon can get in through cracks in the floors or walls, through gaps, and even through the water supply. 

In one article with radon in the news it mentions that if you are buying a home, you can insist that it be tested. Even if the house is in an area that does not require testing it is recommended. It does not matter if it is an older home or a new home, one out of every fifteen homes tests positive. There is no safe level as the effects of radon accumulate in the lungs. 

An interesting but scary fact that one radon in the news article brought up is that only five states require testing of schools for radon. Those states are Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida and Colorado. One would think that if free radon testing was offered, schools would gladly accept. This is not so. Many districts feel this can only make them look bad and cause panic among the parents if any traces of radon are found. In spite of the many articles of radon in the news, many are choosing to look the other way rather than deal with a possible problem. 

There is a sinkhole in Louisiana that continues to grow that includes radon in the news. It seems that as the sinkhole widens, there is an increased release of a mixture of toxins. The radon level is being monitored and local residents are being urged to take precautions as to staying away from the area. There is also increased concern as to the effects on residents and livestock. 

Radon can be found in any of the states and it is important that people realize the dangers. Be aware of different articles of radon in the news and do your own research. Then you can make your own informed decisions.

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Why isn't radon testing offered to schools for free? If not free, at least the local school boards or government officials should be finding the funds to have the testing done. I think that in this day and age, more people aren't learning all of the facts about radon and radon testing in particular. I am going to ask if my daughter's school has been tested for radon or not. We live in Michigan and it isn't listed as a required testing state.
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That is a great point! I know there are tons of schools that actually have classrooms under ground as well. I am going to find out if they test in my area. I wouldn't want my kids going to a school that didn't test for it. 
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So the purple is most at risk? I see it different on every map. I think this is a basic run down of it but I wonder if storms and weather patterns can shift it. Like it is higher in places that have more rain or something?
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I am going to have to find a better map of my area to see how much danger we are in here!
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