Test for and Mitigate Radon.  You Could Save Lives.  Part 1 of 5: What is Radon?

Test for and Mitigate Radon. You Could Save Lives. Part 1 of 5: What is Radon?

Part 1 of 5. What is Radon?

RadonJanuary is National Radon Action Month; it is a perfect time to dwell on the dangers of radon and how to mitigate them. In this five-part series, we will discuss the important aspects of radon in the places we spend most of our time.

Radon Is A Silent Killer; You Can’t See it, Smell it, or Taste it

People experience no symptoms until, after prolonged exposure, they develop lung cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer for the general population.

An Elevated Exposure Level to Radon is Easy to Find and Simple to Fix

Radon test kits are inexpensive, reliable, and straight forward to use. Qualified Radon testing companies can also test for little time and effort. For multi-family housing and larger buildings, only a qualified professional should be used for testing.

About Radon and its Effect on People

Radon occurs naturally in areas throughout the United States. It is an invisible gas and it results from the natural decay of uranium that resides in soil and rock. Radon travels to the Earth’s surface and into buildings through cracks and holes in the foundation; even in well-sealed and new buildings. As radon particles break down, small bursts of radiation are released. Since the particles are in the air people breathe, the radiation can occur in the lungs and cause tissue damage. In some buildings, in some locations, radon particles can become trapped and build up indoors. After long periods of exposure to elevated levels of radon, lung cancer can develop. Not everyone who breathes radon will get cancer; factors such as the level of radon, the length of exposure, and whether a person smokes are at play. Smokers are at a much higher level of risk than non-smokers.

Radon in the home is a concern because that is where people spend most of their lives. However, buildings such as work places, schools, health care facilities, and multi-family complexes are also important for consideration.

The EPA cites that radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. About 2,900 of those occur among people who have never smoked.

Contact RPF Environmental, Inc. for a Consultation on Radon Testing in Your Building

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