Itasca, IL - Chances are your kitchen countertop is free from radon, even if it is granite - and despite the potential link between radon and granite countertops that have been in the news.
For people who have concerns or questions about radon and want to test the air quality of their homes, the National Safety Council issues a reminder that its toll-free Radon Hotline is available at (800) 767-7236. Through this automated number, callers can order a brochure that contains information on radon and ordering a low-cost short-term test kit. Or, to speak to a NSC radon expert, callers can dial another toll-free number, (800) 557-2366. Specialists are on hand to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern) on business days.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer, formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. Unless you test for the odorless, tasteless gas, there is no way of telling how much may be present.
A Radon Fact Sheet is available from NSC's resource library.
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