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Radon can be mitigated

Okanogan, Ferry counties’ level higher than average

— Health agencies throughout the country warn that radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

In Okanogan County, the average is 5.3 picocuries per liter; the Ferry County average is 5.8, according to the state Radon Outreach Program.

The average indoor radon level nationally is 1.3 picocuries per liter. A picocurie is a measurement of radioactivity.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the “action level” for taking action on radon reduction is 4 picocuries per liter.

The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during an October awareness drive.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon.

Do-it-yourself and professional testing is available.

Mitigation measures can be taken to vent radon from a home.

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