Granite’s durability and appearance make it a popular building material. However, some granite countertops emit radon – a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of rocks and natural stones.

So are granite countertops a risk? Research has determined only a minimal and acceptable amount of radon is in granite materials. Large amounts of granite are not typically used in homes, so radon does not escape in significant quantities. Also, kitchens and bathrooms that contain granite are typically well ventilated, further reducing any risk.

If concerns remain, purchase a home testing kit at a local hardware store. For more information, visit


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