I just assumed everyone knew what radon gas was and why it is bad for you. Recently I was talking to a very smart, educated woman. I forget the context of the conversation, but she told me she had never heard of radon or that it can cause cancer. Viola, blog post idea. So here goes.
For starters, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarettes.
It’s the colorless, odorless gas breakdown from the radioactive rock uranium. It seeps into your house from ground up. Actually, it’s in the air all over the place, but at low, safer levels. Investigators first noticed its danger, risk of lung cancer, in uranium miners who were exposed to high levels.
At present the EPA recommends keeping the average level in your house below 4 pCi/L. You can check this level with a monitor or have someone do it for you. If your level is too high, you can fix the problem in several ways such as sealing cracks in the basement and putting in a ventilation system designed to get rid of it. We have that in our house. They call it mitigating the radon. Discover how to find a good, reliable radon mitigation contractor in your area at the EPA website.
Although the risk of radon is higher in some regions, like mine, it has been found in every state. Overall, one in 15 homes have levels of 4 or above. You can easily buy a radon detection kit for $20 to $30 at your local hardware store. The instructions are easy. In fact, January is National Radon Action month and you can go to the EPA website for more information, including ways to get a free detection kit. Go ahead. Do it, get it out of the way, then one less worry.
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