Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that is formed by the breakdown of ground uranium. This produces a radioactive dust in the air around us. When we inhale, we also breathe in some of this dust.
These get stuck in the air passages and emit radiation causing damage to the inside of the lungs. You may not even know when this killer enters your home and starts undermining your health. It is important to know the risks of inhaling radon and taking steps accordingly.
RADON - second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, estimated 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year.
The amount of radon in your home will depend upon several factors, the most important being
The level of ground uranium
The number of entry points to your home
The ventilation system of your home
The most lethal damage that radon can cause to any human being is lung cancer. It is the second most important cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon may seep out from the ground in open spaces but because the air gets diluted, the risk to individuals is not high.
This threat is increased manifold when the air is confined to closed spaces, like the inside of your homes, because radon may build up to an alarming level and cause higher risks. The risk of lung cancer from radon inhalation is an active threat for both smokers and non-smokers.
However, this risk is increased manifold if you are a smoker. About 21,000 lung cancer deaths result from radon inhalation of which 2900 are non-smokers. Based on the data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports, 260 of 1000 smokers could get lung cancer from a 20 pCi/L level of radon. In case of non-smokers this number is 36.
So, it is time you became aware of this silent killer and get your home inspected for radon. Unless you are able to detect its presence, the levels of radon inside your house and identify the possible entry points, you will not be able to take the necessary steps to bring it under control.
You should always hire a certified radon measurement professional to test your home for the presence of radon. Contact us today and get your home inspected so you can breathe more freely and safely.
Testing your home for radon - Gouverment of Canada