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Radon Risk Comparison Charts

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HOW OFTEN IS INDOOR AIR A PROBLEM?

Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States has a radon level EPA considers to be elevated – 4 pCi/L or greater. New Mexico radon statistics are even higher in some areas. The U.S. average radon-in-air level in single family homes is 1.3 pCi/L. Because the average person spends as much as 80 percent of their time indoors, indoor exposure to radon is an important concern.

Radon Risk Comparison Charts

Radon Risk If You Smoke

Radon Level If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*… The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**… WHAT TO DO: Stop smoking and…
20 pCi/L About 260 people could get lung cancer 250 times the risk of drowning Mitigate Building
10 pCi/L About 150 people could get lung cancer 200 times the risk of dying in a home fire Mitigate Building
8 pCi/L About 120 people could get lung cancer 30 times the risk of dying in a fall Mitigate Building
4 pCi/L About 62 people could get lung cancer 5 times the risk of dying in a car crash Mitigate Building
2 pCi/L About 32 people could get lung cancer 6 times the risk of dying from poison May consider mitigating between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 20 people could get lung cancer Average indoor radon level Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.
0.4 pCi/L About 3 people could get lung cancer Average outdoor radon level
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

 

Radon Risk If You’ve Never Smoked

Radon Level If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*… The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**… WHAT TO DO:
20 pCi/L About 36 people could get lung cancer 35 times the risk of drowning Mitigate Building
10 pCi/L About 18 people could get lung cancer 20 times the risk of dying in a home fire Mitigate Building
8 pCi/L About 15 people could get lung cancer 4 times the risk of dying in a fall Mitigate Building
4 pCi/L About 7 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying in a car crash Mitigate Building
2 pCi/L About 4 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying from poison Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 2 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor radon level) (Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L (Average outdoor radon level)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

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