Radon and Lake Tahoe
You can't smell it. You can't see it. You can't feel it. But, it's there and it's really bad for us all. It's Radon. So, Yikes! Radon at Lake Tahoe is a concern for residents and workers, most of whom have never even heard of it. This section of TahoeHighSiera.com is devoted to letting you know about Radon at Lake Tahoe.
OK, so Radon is invisible, and it's dangerous, so what now? Run for the hills? But, hey I'm aleady at Lake Tahoe, so check that! The good news is that Radon is detectable. And, it's a manageable risk. This series will help you to learn about Radon, how to determine your risk from Radon, and how to manage your exposure to Radon. It's not very difficult really, to detect the level of Radon in your home or workplace using a Radon detector. And, a variety Radon mitigation measures are options you can DIY or have installed to cut down the Radon.
As reported by the California Geological Survey, which is the agency that studies Radon, Radon poses a significant risk to residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin, especially those on the South Shore.
The report Radon Potential in the Lake Tahoe Area, California states that an estimated 23,400 people in the Lake Tahoe area live in buildings where Radon is likely to equal or exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level. Just ask El Dorado County’s Department of Environmental Management, whose staff also sounds the warning about Radon at Lake Tahoe.
Why is Radon a concern? It's because Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarette smoking.
The basement measurement of Radon from an example house in the California Geological Survey stufy was more than 20 times the EPA’s recommended action level, according to the report. That's a big concern, because Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Public Health, "More and more, consumers are asking about Radon levels before they buy or rent a home."
This series is provided to inform about Radon at Lake Tahoe and beyond. On each page, you can view more by clicking on one of the navigation links below.
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Check out our review of the EPA's Guide to Radon.