Radon gas exposure is a well-documented health risk. In fact, exposure to radon is the number two cause of lung cancer in the United States, and exposure has caused other respiratory issues as well. Radon gas is undetectable to any of our senses. Breathing in radon leads to the death of 15,000-22,000 people a year, falling only behind smoking in causing lung cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Fortunately, eliminating radon gas from homes is relatively easy and inexpensive compared to other dangers, but homeowners have to take the first step — radon testing.
Pennsylvania has the third-highest average radon level among all 50 states, trailing only Alaska and South Dakota. Pennsylvania’s shale soil means that more radon is naturally released from the ground and into people’s homes than other states.